A brief look at massacres of Muslims, Sikhs in IIOJK

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 Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed several carnages since 1931 during the Kashmiris’ agitation against the Dogras, after partition of Sub-Continent in 1947 and later at the hands of Indian occupation forces in 1990s.

Among these massacres some include Jammu and Rajouri massacres in 1947, Gawakadal, Handwara, Zakoora, Tengpora, Hawal, Bijbehara, Sopore and Kupwara massacres in 1990s and Chattisingpora massacre of 2000 in which hundreds of thousands of innocent Kashmiris were butchered by Dogra forces, Hindu militants associate3d with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Indian forces.

On 27th March 1996, Indian army martyred 32 members of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, including its President Shabbir Ahmad Siddiqui in a single incident at the Harzratbal Shrine in Srinagar. The same day, prominent lawyer Jalil Indrabi was also martyred after being kidnapped by a Indian Army Major, three weeks ago.

In 2000, when the then President of US Bill Clinton was due in India, Hindu extremist organization RSS turned its attention towards the Sikhs in IIOJK to create an impression that the Kashmir liberation movement was of a ‘communal nature’.

Chattisingpora, a hilltop hamlet in IIOJK’s Islamabad district, became the site of the Sikh massacre in which 35 members including children were targeted by the Indian army and its secret agencies on the evening of 20 March 2000.

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