Shopian remembers Asiya, Neelofar

by Umar Mukhtar


A complete shutdown is being observed in Shopian, the apple town in South Kashmir Friday, to commemorate the fifth death anniversary of Asia and Neelofar.

The two young women, Asia and Neelofar were mysteriously found dead on May 30, 2009.

The duo went missing on May 29, 2009 after they went to their orchard in the peripheries of the town.

Locals and the family alleged that they were kidnapped by the men in uniform and raped before being killed.

Shopian district witnessed a massive agitation against the protests were held throughout the valley.

The case was later handed over to CBI for investigation which concluded that the duo had died due to drowning.

The CBI investigation was strongly denounced by the human rights activists, locals and the family alleging “CBI has shielded the culprits”.

Since then, Shopian observes shutdown and protests every year against what they call “outcome of the illegal occupation”.

To commemorate the tragedy, all the shops and business establishments are closed and traffic is off the roads.

Hurriyat (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani had called for a shutdown in Shopian district.

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