Kupwara Massacre: 27 People Were Killed for Observing Shutdown on India’s Republic Day

Written by KashmirUnheard

Video By: Pir Azhar | Artcile By: Nusrat Ali

Every year on 26 January, India celebrates its Republic Day across the country, but in Kashmir one day after this day 27 civilians mostly traders of Kupwara town in North Kashmir were shot dead for observing a shutdown against ‘India’s occupation of J&K’ in the year 1994. The month of January is remembered as the month of massacres in Kashmir valley every year. It started with the Sopore Massacre on 6th Jan and ended with Kupwara Massacre on 27 Jan.

Farooq Ahmad Mir, an eyewitness and injured person narrate the ordeal of day. According to Farooq, “shopkeepers were asked by Army not to observe shutdown call given by Hurriyat Conference (pro-freedom political group), while traders observed shutdown like the whole valley. It was the month of Ramzan, and on 27th January, one day after Indian Republic day, at 11 am army indiscriminately opened fire on shopkeepers after they opened their shops.” The police investigation had clearly indicted Army personnel for indiscriminately firing on civilians. Farooq at the time was 17-year-old, 10th class student who saw the massacre and ransack happening that day.

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