Reiterate JRL’s shutdown call on Jan 6 to commemorate victims
Srinagar: Recalling the Jan 6, 1993 Sopore massacre, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday said “anybody with a human heart can never forget such brutality”.
In a statement, Geelani said: “Humanity may have never witnessed such a heinous crime when a toddler snatched from the lap of his mother was thrown into the flames and when the hapless mother protested, she too was silenced forever by the bullets.”
The whole town was in rubble, Hurriyat chairman said, “houses and shops were turned into ashes and horror stories and ghastly tales were all around which shiver a person down his spine.”
Geelani said that this dance of death, “with 55 innocent killings, 120 houses and 350 shops gutted, was a unique New Year gift”.
Sopore has a distinction of being “politically mature and emotionally affiliated with the freedom movement,” the pro-freedom leader said, “and this doomsday of 6th January was just an act of revenge to subjugate and suppress the population.”
“Conscious and mature nations can never afford to forget their heroes,” he said, adding “so-called enquiry commissions immediately set as a firefighting measure to calm-down the agitating mobs, is yet to prosecute any killer and they roam around freely rather being rewarded for their heinous crimes. The mortgaged and sold out the class is at the forefront of clarification and explanation for every deceitful attempt to throttle us.”
Hurriyat chairman said that we have to wake up now and need to introspect. “Nation may remember and recall these warnings in future, but time may not be on their side.”
Geelani reiterated the JRL call for complete shutdown in north Kashmir’s Sopore town on January 6 to mark the anniversary of this massacre and appealed people to participate in the collective Fateh Khwani of the victims.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai paying tributes to Sopore martyrs, said that the conscious and great nations never forget their heroes.
In a statement, Sehrai said, “The sacrifices of Kashmiris would be protected at all costs till Kashmiri struggle would reach its logical conclusion.”
He termed this day as “the most barbaric incident” in Kashmir’s freedom struggle.
The pro-freedom leader appealed the international community to investigate these killings and other similar incidents in Kashmir and identify the personnel involved. “Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account.”
He said that the families of the victims are waiting for the justice that has been denied to them.