People in Indian-controlled Kashmir have marked the 23th anniversary of the Gaw Kadal Massacre of more than 50 Kashmiri civilians by Indian forces in 1990, demanding the prosecution of security forces involved in the killings, Press TV reports. On Monday, shopkeepers closed their stores in protest at what they called the government’s failure to prosecute security forces involved in the Gaw Kadal incident. Human rights groups say the Indian government has refused to conduct a credible investigation into the incident.
Over 50 people were killed and more than 250 others injured when security forces opened fire on protesters in Kashmir’s Gaw Kadal region on January 21, 1990. Rights activists have called for an international tribunal to investigate the killing.On January 6, 1993, Indian security forces killed 55 civilians in Kashmir’s town of Sopore following an incident where a member of the forces was shot dead in an ambush by militants. Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim the region in full, but each only has control over a section of the territory. Over the past two decades, the conflict in Kashmir has left over 47,000 people dead by the official count, although other sources say the death toll could be as high as 90,000. MAM/HSN/MA