Srinagar, January 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the memories of Sopore massacre in which over 60 civilians were killed by the Indian Border Security Force on January 6, 1993 are still fresh in this apple town.

Even after twenty-seven years of Sopore massacre, it has been remembered by many in Sopore town as the tragic event of yesterday and has left the blot on the history of the Sopore which will never be rubbed even after centuries.

An eyewitness told this reporter that he saw men in uniform firing indiscriminately on the people and throwing gunpowder on the shops including the famous cinema “SAMAD TALKIES”, Islamia College Sopore (Women’s) and also burnt shopkeepers alive inside in their shops. More than 350 shops, few houses, Samad talkies and Islamia College including the hundred thousand books were burnt to ashes by these bloodthirsty men in uniform.

On the fateful day, the BSF personnel had gone on a rampage after an unknown person allegedly snatched a riffle from a soldier. More than 350 structures including residential houses and shops were also gutted after Indian soldiers set the town ablaze.

Ghulam Rasool Ganai, a shopkeeper who is an eyewitness to the carnage said: “Forces went berserk and fired indiscriminately upon the unarmed civilians and set ablaze the markets especially the area from main Chowk to Tehsil Office.”

“Among the dead civilians, scores were burnt alive,” he said adding that the “troops dragged driver out of a bus and showered bullets on the passengers on board, resulting in the on-spot death of 20 passengers.” “The troops later sprayed gun powder and petrol on many surrounding buildings, shops and houses and set them ablaze. More than 400 such establishments and 75 residential houses in and around five localities including Shalpora, Shahabad, Muslimpeer, Kraltang and Arampora were turned into ashes. The buildings include some landmarks like Women’s Degree College and Samad Talkies,” he said.

According to a petition filed by human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in the Human Rights Commission, “77 civilians were killed while as 100 houses and 300 shops were torched.”

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