Kupwara: On 27January, 1994, a day after the Republic Day of India, security forces indiscriminately opened fire and massacred 27 people. According to a survived eyewitness, Farooq Ahmad,”Shopkeepers were asked by Army not to observe shutdown call given by Hurriyat Conference”,he said and added that,”But those days, shops remained totally shut on India’s republic Day.” The traders observed complete shutdown on 26 January.”It was the month of Ramzan, and on 27th January, one day after Indian Republic day, at 11 am army indiscriminately opened fire on shopkeepers after they opened their shops.”The month of January is remembered as the month of massacres in Kashmir valley every year. It started with the Sopore Massacre on 6th Jan and ended with Kupwara Massacre on 27 Jan.
The police investigation had clearly indicated Army personnel for indiscriminately firing on civilians. Farooq at the time was 17-year-old, 10th class student who saw the massacre and ransack happening that day
After the incident, police registered a case FIR No: 19/94 under Sections 302, 307 dated 27-01-1994 in police station Kupwara.“We ask the government why it failed to deliver justice to victim families who lost their kin to the Army carnage,” said Muhammad Ahsan Untoo who has filed a petition in the state human rights commission on behalf of the families of the victims.