Islamabad,(Parliament Times): Chairman Jammu & Kashmir Salvation Movement Altaf Ahmed Bhat paid tributes to martyrs of Handwara and Kupwara massacre.
Called for a shutdown in Kashmir on January 26.
Paying glowing tributes to martyrs of Handwara and Kupwara, Salvation Movement chairman said the blood of these martyrs will not be allowed to go waste & nation will never forget the sacrifices rendered by martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres.
Remembering the martyrs, Chairman Bhat said that we with deep sorrow and tears in our eyes pay our heartfelt tributes to these martyrs on their 27th martyrdom anniversary.
In a statement issued to media chairman J&KSM said that Handwara massacre was carried on January 25, 1994, and Kupwara massacre on January 27, 1994,”
As a nation, we are committed to fulfil their mission and while reiterating his demand, Chairman JK Salvation Movement appealed human rights organizations including Amnesty International to utilize their offices in bringing to book these perpetrators involved in heinous crimes against humanity. Speaking to media he said as long as Indian forces are there, such pain giving events will occur and it will further add to the never-ending situation of uncertainty.
Chairman J&KSM expressed and conveyed his deep feelings for bereaved families of martyrs of Handwara and Kupwara massacre and said that we have presented unparalleled sacrifices for a sacred cause and hundreds of graveyards stand testimony for this. Martyrs sacrificed their future for us and now we are duty bound to safeguard these sacrifices and pursue their mission. Recalling the two gruesome and heart wrenching massacres, Chairman Bhat said that in Handwara 17 innocent people were killed and in Kupwara 18 innocents were killed including DC office clerk Khazr Muhamd and two policeman Ganesh Dass and Ghulam Mohidin and 25 injured adding that it was a collective punishment for boycotting R Day. 1994.
“He in his statement called people to organize special prayers for those who were martyred in the massacres. Chairman J&KSM Altaf Ahmed Bhat called for a shutdown in Kashmir on Republic Day of India and asked people to observe a shutdown on January 26.
“Observe the day as a black day, organise protests and asked people not to send their children to participate in R-Day celebrations” he said in a press statement. Chairman JKSM also condemned the “arrest spree unleashed by the state administration”.
He further said that the police and forces had created “havoc” across Jammu and Kashmir with their “heartless approach”. He condemned the night raids being conducted by the Govt agencies and said innocent youths were arrested and asked to attend respective police stations and forces camps.
“People in valley were dragged out of their houses, frisked and paraded in open,” he added.