Gawkadal massacre: Lal Chowk and other adjoining areas observe shutdown

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A paramilitary forces' personnel guarding Amira Kadal bridge in Srinagar. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo

Srinagar: On the call of Joint Resistance  Leadership (JRL) a complete shutdown is being observed on Monday in Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas to mark the 29th anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)—comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik— had called for a shutdown to remember 51 civilians killed after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel opened fire on demonstrators on Gaw Kadal bridge on January 21, 1990.

In view of the call by JRL authorities have imposed strict restrictions in and around Gaw Kadal, Maisuma, Basant Bagh and Lal Chowk areas.

Meanwhile, a shutdown is being observed in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas of Mandir Bagh, Maisuma, Basant Bagh, Gaw Kadal, Red Cross Road, Exchange Road, Budshah Chowk, Abi Guzar, Residency Road, MA Road, Sarai Bala, Court Road, Koker Bazar, Hari Sigh High Street, Goni Khan and Polo View.

All shops and other commercial establishments in these areas remained are closed. However, public transport is plying normally on MA and Residency roads.

On January 21, 1990, at least 51 civilians were killed after CRPF troopers opened fire on a procession at Gaw Kadal in Srinagar, where people had gathered to protest the molestation of women by the forces’ personnel in a night raid in Chotta Bazar area of downtown Srinagar.

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