Srinagar: Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday paid tributes to the victims of Gaw Kadal massacre saying the event is ‘another painful reminder of the huge human cost we pay living under forcible control’
Taking to his Twitter handle, Mirwaiz also condemned the arrest of pro-freedom leader Yasin Malik and others, “Today is the 29th anniversary of the brutal #GawkadalMassacre another painful reminder of the huge human cost we pay living under forcible control! Civilians protesting molestation of women by forces during a nocturnal raid encircled on the Gaw Kadal bridge, pumped bullets with impunity, killing over 53 people on spot and injuring more than 250 ! Strongly denounce arrest of Yasin sb, Hilal war and other activists for protesting this massacre,” he wrote.
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.
Meanwhile a shutdown is being observed in Lal Chowk and adjoining areas to remember the event.