Handwara Massacre: Kupwara shuts on JRL’s call | KNO

Handwara Massacre: Kupwara shuts on JRL’s call | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, January 25 (KNO): Normal life was hit in Handwara town of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district following a general strike against the killing of 22 civilians allegedly by Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel on 25 January 1990. Reports reaching to KNO said that all the shops and business establishments remained closed in Handwara town and other areas of district Kupwara while traffic was off the roads and there is very thin presence of employees in government offices. On this day in 1990, the BSF men allegedly opened fire on a procession at Handwara near police station, resulting in the death of 22 protestors and injuring several others. According to locals, the firing incident took place when Handwara town was shut and the locals had held a protest against the Gaw Kadal massacre in which at least 50 people were killed. “The BSF soldiers travelling in TATA- 407 vehicle bearing registration number (No. HVN-7717) from Waripora to Handwara were behind the cold-blooded killings,” they claimed.(KNO)