Despite Passage Of 30 Years, Chota Bazar Massacre Still Haunts Kashmiris
ISLAMABAD, Jun 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Jun, 2021 ) :The history of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) is littered with several carnages, including of 'Chota bazar' that tells a horrendous story of violence carried out by the Indian forces with impunity.
On June 11, 1991, nearly a dozen Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men came out charging from their camp situated near the Government Medical College (GMC) Karan Nagar. Blood in their eyes, they fired indiscriminately at shopkeepers, passersby not even sparing women and children.
By the time their guns ceased to boom in the adjacent Chota Bazar locality, a dozens of innocent civilians had been killed in what remains one of the bloodiest massacres in Kashmir till date.
"The authorities ordered a probe and Justice Mufti Jalaluddin headed an inquiry commission into the incident. Late Advocate Jaleel Andrabi pursued the case vigorously for some years. However, after his killing by Indian army and the transfer of Mufti Jalaludin, the case went into oblivion," the police officer said.
Even to this day, a criminal case stands registered against the CRPF under Section 302 at Karan Nagar police station. However, due to India's patronage of state-terrorism, such cases remain unattended while the families of victims await justice.
The aim of committing carnages like Chota Bazaar by Indian troops is to instill fear among the Kashmiris, whereas the resilient Kashmiris remain determined to carry on freedom struggle against all odds.
In Kashmir, the incidents of killing escalate and the killers roam free. The mass murderers walk in the streets fearlessly after killing innocent people, now buried in unmarked graves.
Hardly a day goes by when the Kashmiris are not targeted for showing resistance to the Indian illegal occupation.
The situation poses a question on the credibility of the global champions of human rights which maintain their silence on India's death and destruction policy in the IIOJK.
Since 1989, more than 80,000 Kashmiris have been killed and to date, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice.