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World continues to look other way: Hurriyat on Gaw Kadal massacre anniversary

Pro-freedom conglomerate, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, on Thursday expressed dismay over the attitude of international community turning a blind eye to the suffering of people in Indian-administered Kashmir as it paid tribute to the civilians, who were gunned down in cold blood by the Indian paramilitary in Srinagar’s Gaw Kadal on this day in 1990. 

On the 31st anniversary of the Gaw Kadal massacre, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference termed the “indifference exhibited by the international community and human rights organizations over the numerous  massacres witnessed in Kashmir as distressing and unfortunate.”

The amalgam paid glowing tributes to the 53 civilians who were slain during Gaw Kadal massacre.

“As a consequence of the unbridled powers bestowed upon the Indian government forces, over a lakh Kashmiris have been killed either during massacres or through enforced disappearances,” a statement issued by the Hurriyat in summer capital Srinagar noted.

On this day the Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Forces opened fire on unarmed pro freedom demonstrators on a bridge called Gaw Kadal, killing ateast 53 people and wounding hundreds more. 

“None of the perpetrators have ever been brought to book or punished although many times so called “inquiries” were set up as an immediate remedy to bring the situation under control and assuage people’s anger. Government forces involved in these  massacres were  never apprehended and brought to justice.”

Reiterating its appeal to human rights organizations and international community to take notice of these grave human rights abuses, the amalgam said “that justice should be given to the innocent victims.”

The amalgam noted that “world community continues to look the other way”.

Shutdown in parts of Srinagar

A shutdown was observed in parts of Srinagar city, the summer capital Kashmir to mark the 31st anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre.

There was shutdown in Lal Chowk, Gaw Kadal and Maisuma.

53 people were killed in the Gaw Kadal massacre and hundreds were injured. 

On January 21, 1990, Indian forces opened fire on a pro freedom procession passing over the bridge that connects Basant Bagh with Maisuma.

The incident had shaken the Valley evoking widespread anger against the then Indian Governor Jagmohan who was running the affairs of the disputed Himalayan territory.

None of the perpetrators has been brought to justice even as over three decades have passed.

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