SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday remembered the Bijbehara Massacre martyrs of 22 October 1992 on their anniversary.
Around 50 civilians were killed and about 200 injured by government forces at Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district while they were protesting against the desecration of the Dargah Hazratbal, Srinagar.
In a statement, Geelani said those killed in cold blood included 25 school going kids who were buried in a mass grave in the same park where they used to play just a day before.
He said 25 long years have passed since then but their memories and the innocent cries of kids still echo in our memory and the cycle of death and destruction still goes on abated.
Hurriyat chairman expressed profound grief and shock over the “carnage” in Kulgam where dozens of innocent people died in a blast by government forces during an encounter.
“We should never even think of an iota of betrayal, no matter how big and mighty the compensation is, as the blood and honour is sacrificed for a noble and common cause of freedom from Indian forced occupation,” Geelani said.
In a statement, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed the Bijbehara Massacre as “black day in the history of Kashmir”.
“Kashmiris had continuously been at the receiving end of such brutalities. Hawal, Zakura, Gawkadal, Bijbehara and Chattisinghpora massacres were just a few examples where people had been butchered mercilessly and that these incidents had left an indelible mark on the psyche of the people as it was impossible for them to nurse their wounds,” he said.
“As the Government of India has shielded the culprits of massacres in Kashmir rather than punishing them, it was a glaring example of how the Indian state has operated ruthlessly in Kashmir for the past 30 years,” Mirwaiz said.
JKLF chief Yasin Malik in a statement said the Bijbehara Massacre “is a blot on the face of so-called Indian democracy and a cruel reminder of its military occupation in Jammu Kashmir”.
Malik said the failure of New Delhi’s democracy and the international community to penalise the murderers and deliver justice to the victims is a reminder of India’s “tyrannical behaviour” against humans.
A JKLF delegation visited Bijbehara and participated in congregational prayers meeting held for Bijbehara Martyrs at their graveyard, the statement said.
The delegation on the occasion said, “Despite the gruesome oppressive measures, New Delhi has failed to stop our march towards freedom and with Allah’s grace and help, this blood-soaked resistance movement will achieve its desired goal soon InshaAllah.”