KUPWARA, JAN 25: Normal life was hit in Handwara town of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday due to a complete shutdown against the massacre of 22 civilians allegedly by Security Forces on this day in 1990. On 28th ”death anniversary” of 22 persons, killed in alleged security force firing on a procession protesting against the killing of over 50 devotees at Gaw Kadal in Srinagar on January 21, 1990.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in Handwara town and other areas in Kupwara on a strike called by a separatist group (JRL).
“On this day in 1990, security forces opened fire on a procession at Handwara near police station resulting in the death of 22 protesters and injuries to scores.”
Traffic was also off the roads and work in government offices and banks was also affected. Though educational institutions remained closed due to winter vacation, tuition and coaching centres also remained closed due to strike.
The relatives have demanded that a memorial be built at the main chowk for the victims of the massacre. They have also demanded that a murder case be registered against the guilty Persons.