Complete shutdown in Srinagar against Gaw Kadal massacre anniversary
ISLAMABAD - Complete shutdown will be observed in Gaw Kadal, Basant Bagh, Kani-Kadal, Chota-Bazaar, Budshah Chowk and others areas of Srinagar, tomorrow, to mark the anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre. According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS), call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. More than 50 innocent people were killed in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on 21st January in 1990 when Indian forces had resorted to indiscriminate firing on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the molestation of several women by the troops on the previous night. The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the massacres carried out by Indian troops at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara in the month of January in 1990s as a reminder of Indian illegal occupation and oppression in the occupied territory. It said that congregational prayers would also be held at Gaw Kadal, tomorrow. The statement said that united India during its struggle for freedom from Britain had witnessed only one Jalianwala Bagh massacre but the Kashmiri people have witnessed dozens of such incidents carried out by the Indian forces since 1990 and this slaughter was still going on unabated. Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders and different organizations have paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Kadal massacre on the eve of their anniversary and said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs will not go waste. Hurriyat leaders, Chairman of Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, illegally detained Chairman of Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt also paid lowing tributes to the martyrs of Gaw Dadal and urged the people of Kashmir to show commitment and remain steadfastness in the liberation struggle.