‘Sopore Massacre’: Geelani recalls horror, destruction; hails the resolve of people of Sopore

KL News Network

Srinagar

A file pic of Sopore Massacre (Jan 6, 1993). Pic courtesy: Web

Recalling the Sopore massacre of 6th January 1993, Hurriyat Conference (g) Chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that Kashmir has hardly witnessed such a “barbaric and inhuman” incident and not only Kashmir but anybody with a human heart can ever forget it.

Hailing the resolve, courage and determination of “Zinda Dilan-e-Sopore”, the octogenarian leader said that his personal and political life has started from this fertile and turbulent land, and its people irrespective of their party and ideological affiliations have a great respect and regard for me which is a priceless investment of my life.

Remembering the ill-fated day of 6th January 1993, Geelani said that it was a bone-chilling cold of a harsh winter and people were yet to come out of their cozy and warm houses, people of the adjoining areas were yet to board the locomotives for Sopore and at 9 30 am there was an attack on Indian forces by the armed youth, resulting in death of one soldier and snatching of his rifle as well.

“People were shocked and were not knowing what had happened and passersby’s were yet to regain their wits, when the preachers of non-violence and proudly being called ‘Tyran Ababeel’ by none other than ‘tallest traitor’ poured in showering bullets in all directions, killing whosoever came their way, ruthlessly, inhumanely and beastly.”

Hurriyat Patriarch said, “Inhuman forces shuttered down the nearby shops and burnt alive all the shopkeepers. Humanity may have never witnessed such a heinous crime when a toddler snatched from the lap of his mother was thrown into the flames and when the hapless mother protested, she too was silenced forever by the bullets. Whole town was in rubble, houses and shops were turned into ashes and horror stories and ghastly tales were all around which shiver a person down his spine.”

This madness, he said, of these “killers” didn’t stop there, “they fired upon and burned a bus en-route to Bandipora, killing and burning alive all its passengers.”

The resistance leader said that this dance of death, with 55 innocent killings, 120 houses and 350 shops gutted, was a unique New Year gift from the masters of our “traitors”.

He said Sopore has a distinction of being politically mature and emotionally affiliated with the freedom movement, for which it has been a thorn in the eyes of the “stooges”, and this doomsday of 6th January was just an act of revenge to subjugate and suppress the population.

“Conscious and mature nations can never afford to forget their heroes. Trigger happy forces hardly differentiate on the party affiliations and they don’t spare anybody, as the Kashmiri Muslims identity is more than enough to legalize such lethal punishment. Shrieks and wailing, death and destruction everywhere have not changed the mind set of our traitors and they still continue to trade our blood, flesh, and honor for their lust of power.”

He said that eye washes of enquiry commissions is yet to prosecute any killer and they roam around freely rather they are being rewarded for their “heinous” crimes.

He further said that the “mortgaged” and sold out class is on the forefront of clarification and explanation for every deceitful attempt to throttle us.

He said, “We have to wake up now and we need to introspect, lest these power lusty yes-men of the oppressor can trade even our existence for their hefty luxuries. Nation may remember and recall these warnings in future but time may be on their side. Today is an alarming situation for us as the handle of the sharp cleaver of the oppressor is none other than these local traitors and they are amongst us, otherwise our enemy couldn’t have dared to threaten us.”

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