Shopian tragedy: The victim family holds sit in

Photo by: Sheik Hilal
Photo by: Sheik Hilal

KL Report


The family members with a few common people held a sit in near the Zaora Bridge, Thursday, on Rambira Nallah in Shopian to commemorate the fifth death anniversary of Asia and Neelofar.

The two women had gone missing from the same area on May 29, 2009.

Their bodies were later recovered from the Nallah on May 30, 2009.

The common people of Shopian allege that the two women were kidnapped and later killed before raped by the men in uniform. The allegation was denied by a CBI probe later saying “the women had died due to drowning.”

The victim family and the people had out rightly rejected the CBI probe. The area witnessed a massive agitation for near two months against the deaths of Asia and Neelofar. Protest demonstrations were also held in the whole valley during 2009 summer.

The husband of Neelofar and brother of Asia, Shakeel Ahmad Ahangar, his father in law, brothers and close relatives including children were among the people holding placards reading slogans like “Shopian tragedy: Conclusion….! outcome of illegal occupation”.

APDP chairperson, Parvena Ahangar, Hurriyat (M) women leader Yasmeen Raja and Hurriyat (M) leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza also joined the sit in.

However, the Shopian Majlis-e-Mashawrat (SMM) members skipped the sit in. SMM spearheaded the agitation in 2009.

Hurriyat (G) has called a shutdown in district Shopian on May 30 to commemorate the fifth death anniversary of Asia and Neelofar.

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