Civil Lines Area Observe Shut Down over Gawkadal Massacre; Separatists Held Protest Marchs

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Srinagar: Civil lines area of the Srinagar city is Wednesday observed a shutdown to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Gawkadal massacre. Shutdown call was given by almost all the separatist parties.

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More than fifty unarmed civilians were allegedly killed down by security forces on January 21, 1990 at Gawkadal area in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

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The bloodshed took place when thousands of people started marching towards Qarfali Mohalla in down town where forces had allegedly molested dozens of women during the intervening night of 20 and 21 January 1990.

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As the protesters reached Gawkadal, a large number of men in uniform opened fire on them resulting in the killing of more than fifty people. More than hundred were injured in the incident.

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Gawkadal massacre spread a wave of terror among the valleyites and the Kashmiri Pandits started fleeing the Valley. Gawkadal incident is known as the first such kind of massacre after the outbreak of militancy in the conflict ridden Jammu and Kashmir which was followed by countless massacres, killings, custodial disappearances, kidnappings, rapes and all other sorts of human rights violations.

Meanwhile supporters of several separatist groups today held protest march in Maisuma and other adjoining areas to mark as protest over this killing. The protestors demanded to open up the inquiry in this regard which was closed during SIT (Special Investigation Team) of State Human Rights Commission during year 2013.