Srinagar: Justice continues to elude the victim families of gory Sopore massacre for the past 25 years whose near and dear ones lose their lives at the hands of Indian paramilitary Border Security Force personnel in Sopore town on January 6, 1993.
On the fateful day the BSF personnel had gone on a rampage after an unknown person allegedly snatched a riffle from a soldier. Over 60 civilians were martyred and more than 350 structures including residential houses and shops were gutted on this day in 1993 after Indian soldiers set the town ablaze.
People who are witness to that gruesome massacre still shiver while narrating the ordeal. They said that the marauding troops dragged a bus driver out from the vehicle and pumped bullets into the bodies of passengers killing 20 of them on the spot. “After killing the passengers, the troops started spraying gun powder, petrol and kerosene on the surrounding buildings and then torched them,” they said.
“More than 350 commercial establishments and residential houses were set ablaze in five localities of Sopore – Armpora, Muslimpeer, Kralteng, Shallapora, Shahabad and Bobimir Sahab. Among the gutted buildings there were some landmark buildings like women’s degree college,” the eyewitnesses said.
“On that fateful day a blast rocked New Colony Sopore early morning. Everything was normal when we heard a single gunshot. When people started running for cover, more gunshots reverberated in atmosphere. We couldn’t comprehend anything when we watched forces’ personnel targeting every civilian with bullets,” they said.