Srinagar: In Shopian, Indian administrated Kashmir on the fifth death anniversary of Asiya and Neelofar, who were ‘raped and murdered’, a complete shutdown amid sit-in protest was observed Friday in district.
Teenage school girl, Asiya, and her sister-in-law, Neelofar had gone to their orchard on 29th May 2009 but never returned. On 30th May 2009, their bodies were found in Ranbir Ara Canal in the district. The family members of Asiya, Neelofar and Shopian locals said that they were ‘raped and murdered’ by government forces. The state government ordered a probe and that probe was conducted by India’s premier probe agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The CBI probe concluded that the duo died due to drowning. However, the family of the duo, locals, pro-freedom leaders and many rights’ groups out rightly rejected CBI probe and demanded re-investigation. Soon after the incident, the Kashmir valley witnessed large scale protests and clashes for several days in which one person was killed after he was allegedly hit by a tear-smoke shell fired by police in uptown Srinagar while hundreds were injured.
Meanwhile, on the call of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Shopian district observed a complete shutdown. All the shops, business establishments, banks, schools and colleges were shut. The public and private transport was also off the roads and streets were presenting a deserted look.
Soon after the Friday prayers, a large procession was taken out from Jamia Masjid Shopian. The procession, which was led by Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, marched towards Gool Chowk. “The people were chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans,” an eyewitness told GNS adding few procession were also take out from other mosques of the district.
A sit-in protest was organized was held at Gool Chowk in the district in which dozens of people including Shakeel Ahmad Ahangar, the brother of Asiya and husband of Neelofar also participated. Besides, several pro-freedom leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi also participated and addressed people, while Syed Ali Shah Geelani also addressed people over phone.
The participants paid tributes to Asiya and Neelofar and insisted that the case must be re-investigated by an impartial probe agency, reports said.
Shopian district observed 48-day long shutdown against the incident and ended only after Court’s intervention.