SRINAGAR:Complete shutdown was observed in Ajas area of Bandipora district, today, to mark the martyrdom anniversary of four civilians who were killed by Indian troops in 1992.

All shops and business establishments are closed while very thin traffic is plying on roads.

The locals said four people, Abdul Rasheed Ganai, Abdul Raheem Rathar, Muhammad Sultan Lone and an 18-year-old student, Muhammad Maqbool Rather were killed and thirteen others were injured on this day in 1992 after the troops of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on them. They said that it was Shab-i-Meraaj when the incident occurred.

“A peaceful protest rally was held by the people. The soldiers came from other side of the village, and laid a cordon. They took protestors into the lawn of Jamia Masjid. Then their officer came and took out pistol from his holster. He instantly shot four persons on their forehead,” said a villager who is witness to what he describes was a doomsday.

The locals said that a youth, Wali Rehman Khan, was tortured by the officer and later he was taken by the BSF men along with them. From that moment, they added, he remains disappeared.

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