Sopore: People in Sopore paid tributes on Sunday to the martyrs of 6th January 1993, on the 26th anniversary of the incident known as “Sopore Massacre” in Kashmir.
The Traders Federation of Sopore organised a prayer meeting, Dua Majlis, at their office. Prominent persons of Sopore and family members of the martyrs took part. Speakers on the occasion urged people to take the mission of the martyrs to its logical end, which they said was freedom from Indian oppression.
Family members of the martyrs also spoke at the event, sharing emotional and horrific memories of the day. Their words brought tears to the eyes of many people.
Some of the prominent persons who took part in the event were Haji Hashmatullah, president of the Sopore traders’ federation, Haji Anyatollah Hajini, chairman of Welkin Educational Trust, and Mohd Abdullah Shalla, who lost four members of his family in the Sopore massacre.
Civil society members headed by Haji Mohammad Akbar Ganie, along with Rayees Ahmad, secretary of the Sopore Civil Society group, took out a rally from the bus stand to the martyrs’ graveyard in Sopore. Fatiha prayers were read at the graves of the martyrs and people raised anti-India slogans.
A complete shutdown was observed on the call of Syed Ali Geelani in Sopore town. All shops were closed and traffic movement was thin on the roads.
Last year, on the anniversary of the Sopore massacre, the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit had carried out an IED attack in which four policemen were killed at the same chowk in Sopore where the massacre took place.