On Gawkadal massacre anniversary, strike observed in Lal Chowk

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Srinagar: City center Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas observed a shutdown on Saturday on the 22nd anniversary of Gawkadal massacre.
On January 21, 1990, para-military CRPF troopers had fired on a protest rally killing atleast 50 civilians and injuring hundreds.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik while addressing a protest rally in Basant Bagh Chowk, said, “January 21 is an important date in the five thousand year history of Kashmir as it was on this day in 1990 that thousands of people defying curfew came out of homes demanding freedom. The unarmed protesters were massacred by the troops on the day.”
“Afterwards similar massacres were carried out in every town and village of Kashmir to crush the freedom movement. However, despite massacres Kashmiris are determined and in 2008, 2009 and 2010 lakhs of people came on streets demanding freedom,” he added.
The JKLF chairman asserted that mission of martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion.
While addressing a gathering in Maisuma, People’s Political Party (PPP) Chairman, Hilal Ahmad War said, “The Gawkadal massacre is perhaps the first massacre in the history in which signals of massacre were given well before conducting the massacre. On January 20, 1990 Jagmohan’s first television address as governor stunned everyone. It was clear cut provocative address and a direct threat in which Jagmohan said if anybody creates a law and order problem, Meray Haathon Say Aman Ka Patta Khisak Jaye Ga (the cards of peace I’m carrying will slip away from my hands). And in less than 24-hours the threat was carried out in a brutal manner.”
While paying homage to Gawkadal Martyrs, War said, “The Gawkadal massacre was a well thought plan of the then Home Ministry of India which was aimed at to pave the way for Kashmiri Pandit’s exodus from Kashmir.” War said that if Omar Abdullah is sincere about his much talked about ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ he has golden opportunity to start it by punishing the killers and conspirators of Gawkadal massacre including the then Home Minister of India.
Shops and business establishments in the Civil lines areas of summer capital of Srinagar, Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Maisuma Bazar, Gawkadal, Kukarbazar, Saraibala, Gonokhan, Maharaja Bazar, Exchange Road, Red Cross Road remained closed and traffic was off the roads.
However, private vehicles could be seen plying on some uptown and civil line routes.
-KNS

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