Handwara remembers five people killed in 2016 protests

Handwara remembers five people killed in 2016 protests
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Handwara: Rich tributes were paid to five people including a woman who were killed by forces in April 2016 in Handwara when a trooper allegedly tried to molest a schoolgirl leading to clashes between army and locals.
On Thursday morning, a group of people including the family members of the deceased, members of Chemists and Druggists Association, Civil Society and others visited the Martyrs Graveyard Handwara and offered special prayers for the people killed on that day in forces firing.
They said these people lost their lives while saving honour of the school girl and town.
A complete shutdown were observed in the town.
The residents also sought answers from MLA Handwara and Minister of Social Welfare Sajad Lone about his 2016 announcement that the place where army killed two youths would be named as “Shaheed Nayeem Chowk”.
On 12 April 2016, two youths Mohammad Iqbal and Nayeem Qadir were killed by army after protests broke out against the alleged molestation.
Three others, Raja Begum, Jahangir Ahmad Wani, and Asif Hussain were also killed is subsequent clashes in the district.