South Kashmir shuts to remember Asiya-Neelofer on 7th anniversary

Srinagar: Complete shutdown was witnessed in south Kashmir especially in Shopian district on the seventh anniversary of Asiya and Neelofar – who were found dead in a canal on this day, here, in 2009.

Schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed in the town and adjoining areas including Imam Sahib, Zainapora, Gagran and Sheermal. Public transport was off the roads, however, skeletal private transport plied. The call for shutdown was given by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani.

The death of Asiya and Neelofar had triggered widespread protests across the Kashmir valley in 2009. The family members allege the women were raped before being murdered, but a CBI investigation said the duo died due to drowning in Rambi Ara canal.

On this day in 2009, Asiya, 17 and her sister in law, Neelofar, 21 had gone to their orchard before they were allegedly raped and murdered by men in uniform. The state government had immediately ruled out the rape and murder and termed it as a case of drowning.

Meanwhile, Shakeel Ahangar, brother of Asiya and husband of Neelofar has vowed to fight for justice.

“I appeal the independent human rights organizations who have investigated the case to take up the issue in international forums so that justice is delivered to us”.

Meanwhile, remembering Aasiya and Neelofar, Independent MLA Langate stormed in the Well of House and asked CM Mehbooba, who was in the House, and shouted at Mehbooba, saying, “I want to remind you that today is the anniversary of Aasyia and Neelofar and it were you who used to accuse NC of shielding the murderers of Aasiya and Neelofar but now when you are in power, you seem to have promised to do worst with Kashmiris,” he said.

“Why have you put Yasin Malik behind bars since last five days without a reason and why don’t you justify what is his fault and where are your claims about politics being battle of ideas?” Er Rasheed asked Mehbooba.

However failing to answer Er Rasheed’s, he was thrown out from the Assembly by the marshals. (PTK)


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