Sopore massacre victims still await justice despite passage of 30 years

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, justice continues to elude the families of gory Sopore massacre for the past 30 years whose near and dear ones lost their lives at the hands of Indian paramilitary Border Security Force personnel in Sopore town on January 6, 1993.

According to Kashmir Media Service, over 60 civilians were martyred and more than 400 shops and other structures, including residential houses, were gutted on this day in 1993 after Indian soldiers set the Sopore town ablaze. The victim families are still awaiting justice while the perpetrators of the heinous crime are roaming free.

People who witnessed the gruesome massacre told the media that 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.—KMS