Bijbehara Massacre, Kashmir

Occupied Kashmir:

Bijbehara Massacre: On October 22, 1993: 51 unarmed civilians were killed in an arbitrarily firing on a crowd by the 74 Battalion of Indian Paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) in Bijbehara district Anantnag of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, during a peaceful protest against the siege of the Hazratbal Mosque.

Indian army surrounded the Hazratbal Mosque after unarmed Kashmiri civilians were hiding inside the mosque complex afraid going out for death by the Indian forces. The Indian army imposed a siege of the holiest Muslim mosque in Kashmir valley. As the Kashmiri freemen started crisis against the illegal siege, there were sporadic public demonstrations. Indian authorities later on imposed a curfew and positioned hundreds of troopers along the town’s main streets.

After eight days of an illegal continuous siege imposed by the Indian army, around 15,000 to 25,000 protestors gathered in the courtyard of the mosque of Bijbehara after finishing Friday prayers. The protesters marched through the streets shouting pro-independence slogans, demanding an end to the Hazratbal siege and demonstrating against tyranny there.

When the demonstrations reached the main road (Srinagar–Jammu Highway), they were confronted by a large contingent of the BSF. As the protesters reached the top of the road in the Gooriwan district, the BSF blocked the street and started firing indiscriminately and arbitrarily, killing at least 51 unarmed civilians on the spot and injuring more than 200 others. 

May Allah (swt) bless the martyrs of Kashmir.

Long Live Kashmir.

Bij

Monitoring Human Rights violations committed by the Indian Government.

Mouaaz Al Ajami

Beirut, Lebanon

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