Sopore : ioktimes : On the twenty sixth year of the Sopore massacre wherein 57 civilians were killed by way of the Border security forces (BSF) today, the memories of that carnage are still recent (fresh) in this apple town.
The witnesses said: “It was a cold January morning in 1993, when 57 civilians have been killed via the forces in this north Kashmir city.”
The incident, they said, took place “after militants attacked BSF personnel of 94-battalion at Baba Yousuf Gali close to women’s degree college, Main Chowk, Sopore, and snatched a weapon from a BSF man there.”
Ghulam Rasool Ganai, a shopkeeper who’s an eyewitness of the incident mentioned: “Following the militant assault, the forces went berserk and fired indiscriminately upon the unarmed civilians and set ablaze the markets peculiarly the area from Main Chowk to Tehsil office.”
“it is tough to overlook the horrific incident,” he provides.
“Among the many 57 dead civilians, Scores had been burnt alive,” he mentioned including that the “troopers dragged driver out of an SRTC bus bearing registration no. JKY-1901 and showered bullets on the passengers on board, resulting in the on-spot dying of 20 passengers.”
“The troopers later sprayed gun powder and petrol on the various surrounding structures, stores and houses and set them ablaze. More than 400 such establishments and seventy five residential residences in and round 5 localities including Shalpora, Shahabad, Muslimpeer, Kraltang and Arampora had been become ashes. The structures include some landmarks like women’s degree college and Samad Talkies,” he stated.
The families who misplaced their beloved within the carnage “are still in utter shock.”
” Our family at Shalpora lost four of our members together with old Mohammad Ashraf Shalla, Ghulam Rasool Shalla, Sajad Ahmad Shalla and Bashir Ahmad Shalla,” a member of Shalla family mentioned.
He mentioned, “A day earlier than the massacre, one of our fruit encumbered trucks had bought caught in a drain near the main Chowk. Four individuals of our family who have been rescuing the truck on the fateful day had taken safe haven in a store when the BSF troops started firing at the persons. The BSF guys entered the shop and killed them all.”
Tariq Ahmad Kanjwal, 45, a survivor and eyewitness of the bloodbath, who was just 20 then stated: “The photo of a person burning in a shop will hang-out me continuously. His head was in flames. I remember a BSF officer telling his colleagues to not shoot him as he’ll be dead shortly,” stated Tariq Kanjwal.
Tariq also remembers how “Shaheen, admin (owner) of Shaheen studio, and his assistant, had been burnt alive within the shop.”
Human rights firms like Amnesty international had condemned the killings and demanded justice for the victims.
A report on the Sopore massacre was appeared in the Time magazine underneath the heading “Blood tide rising.”
As per the Magzine, 55 people have been killed in the Massacre.