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Geelani recalls Sopore massacre

Srinagar, Jan 05 : Recalling the Sopore massacre of 6thJanuary1993, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday said that nation has witnessed such acts for the last several decades and anybody with a human heart can ever forget such ‘brutality’.
Remembering ill-fated day of 6th January 1993, Geelani in a statement issued said that “it was a bone-chilling cold of a harsh winter, when the preachers of non-violence and proudly being called “Tyran Ababeel” by none other than “tallest traitor “poured in, showering bullets all around, killing whosoever came their way, ruthlessly, inhumanely and beastly. Inhuman forces shuttered down the nearby shops and burnt alive all the shopkeepers inside their shops.”
Geelani said that 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 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,” Geelani said.
Geelani 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 traitors’.
“Sopore has a distinction of being politically mature and emotionally affiliated with the freedom movement, for which it has been an eye-sore of the stooges, and this doomsday of 6th January was just an act of revenge to subjugate and suppress the population,” he said.
Geelani said that conscious and mature nations can never afford to forget their heroes. He said that “the forces hardly differentiate on the party affiliations and they don’t spare anybody, as the Kashmiri Muslim identity is more than enough to legalize such lethal punishment.”
“The shrieks and wailing, death and destruction everywhere has not changed the mind set of our traitors and they still continue to trade our blood, flesh, and honour for their lust of power,” he said, adding that eye enquiry commissions immediately set as a fire fighting measure to calm-down the agitating mobs, is yet to prosecute any killer and they roam around freely rather being rewarded for their heinous crimes.
“The mortgaged and sold out class is on the forefront of clarification and explanation for every deceitful attempt to throttle us,” he said, adding that “we have to wake up now and need to introspect, lest these power lusty yes-men of the oppressor can trade even our existence for their hefty luxuries.”
Geelani said that nation may remember and recall these warnings in future but time may not 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,” he said.
He reiterated the JRL call for complete shutdown in north Kashmir’s Sopore town on January 6 to mark the anniversary of this massacre and appealed people to participate in the collective Fateh Khawani of the victims.

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