Paying rich and glorious tributes to the “martyrs” of Bijbihara massacre on their 25th anniversary, Hurriyat (G) Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said that it was on this ill-fated day when people in Bijbihara were protesting against the siege of Dargah Hazratbal Srinagar and government forces opened indiscriminate fire on peaceful protestors massacring more than 40 and injuring about 200 people. Those killed in cold-blood included 25 school going kids who were buried in a mass grave in the same park where they used to play just a day before, the spokesman in a statement said.
He said that 25 long years have passed since then but their memories and innocent cries of kids still echo in our memory and the cycle of death and destruction still goes on abated.
Hurriyat chairman expressing profound grief and shock on the carnage of Kulgam where dozens of civilians were killed have been blasted in front of their relatives, said that their grief, sobs and innocent cries did not get any response from stone hearted rulers.
He said that we have sacrificed more than 6 lakh people for our struggle and how much more blood these heartless government and its forces need to quench their thirst. Meanwhile, Incarcerated Hurriyat (M) Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
said that it was black day in the history of Kashmir when 53 innocents were killed and more than 70 persons were injured.
The spokesman said that Kashmiris had continuously been at the receiving end of such “brutalities”. Hawal, Zakura, Gaw Kadal, Bijbehara, and Chatti Singhpora massacres were just a few examples where people had been killed and that these incidents had left an indelible mark on the psyche of the people as it was impossible for them to nurse their wounds.
Mirwaiz said that as the government has shielded the culprits of these massacres rather than punishing them, it was a glaring example of how the state has operated ruthlessly in Kashmir for the past 30 years.
Paying tributes to all the “martyrs” of Kashmir’s resistance movement from 1931 to the recent “martyrs” of Kulgam, he said, nations and dignified and thoughtful people always remember their “martyrs” and their sacrifices and safeguard them till times immemorial.
Paying glorious tributes to the civilians and militants killed in a recent encounter in Kulgam, Hurriyat Secretary General Ghulam Nabi Sumji said that New Delhi through its forces has crossed all the limits of barbarism and savagery in Kashmir killings, arresting, torturing and detaining Kashmiries regardless of age and gender is routine ploy.
The Chairman urged the Government should give up its obduracy, and accept the reality that it has to address the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of its people.
Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said that Bijebihara massacre is a blot on the face of the democracy and reminder on it’s military presence on Jammu Kashmir. Malik in a statement said that a JKLF delegation comprising district president Mohammad Ishaq Ganai, Mushtaq Ahmad Kuchay, Showkat Ahmad Gatoo and Shabir Rather reached Bijebihara and participated in a congregational prayers meeting held for Bijebihara “martyrs” at their graveyard in Bijebihara.