Normal life was paralysed on Wednesday in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district due to a shutdown to commemorate the death of at least 55 civilians in firing by Border Security Force (BSF) men on this day in 1993.
Senior pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a shutdown in the town today.
On January 6, 1993, unidentified militants killed a BSF personnel at Sopore’s main market, snatched his service rifle and escaped. An hour later, a group of irate BSF personnel turned up in the market, firing indiscriminately and sprinkling kerosene and gun powder on shops and houses, recount survivors of the massacre.
All shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport is off the roads in the town.
Reports said that special prayers are being offered in mosques and the graveyards.
Almost twenty years after the case was handed over to it, the Central Bureau of Investigation or the CBI closed the inquiry without finding any trooper guilty.
In June 2014, the survivors of the massacre filed a protest petition against the closure report filed by the CBI to seek further investigations into the case.
However, following numerous delays, often due to the non-appearance of the CBI, the matter now stands completely suspended following the replacement of the earlier TADA court judge in July 2015.
As of the last date of hearing, the new judge has yet to be formally assigned the powers to proceed with matters before him.