Sopore massacre remains still a fresh memory among the inhabitants of the Apple town , when paramilitary troops went berserk on 6 January, 1993 and set the entire market of Sopore ablaze. The grotesque butchery occurred after the Guerilla revolutionaries assaulted the 94 Battalion at Baba Yosuf Gali close to womens Degree school in Sopore and grabbed a weapon from the BSF men. In retaliation the Armed troops fired indiscriminately on the crowd, murdering 77 civilians. The shops were closed, showered by gun powder and set ablaze burning people within the establishments. Around 100 houses and 300 shops were burnt to ground among the adjoining regions of Shahabad, Bobimir Sahab, Muslim Peer, Shallapora and Kralteng. Further, Samad Talkies, and the ladies’ college were set ablaze. TIME Magazine in its inclusion of Sopore massacre titled it “Blood tide rising” “PERHAPS THERE’S SPECIAL CORNER OF HELL RESERVED FOR THESE SOLDIERS” they wrote on 18 January, 1993.
On 30 January, 1993 inquiry Commission led by one Justice Amarjeet Chaudhary was tasked to investigate the carnage. However the Commission visited Indian Administrated Kashmir only once from 30 Jan- 30 April 1993. The commision did not submit any report. Later the case was handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation who took more than 20 years to complete the investigation, only to close it.
Earlier this year, CBI opposed the fresh trial of the case on the contention that the accused have been tried and awarded sentence. The report submitted by CBI reads that a staff of inquiry was conducted and all of the 19 BSF personnel were tried before the law, the claim which many HR activists and survivors deny.
The reply came in response to the petition filed by chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo.
Sanjay Kumar died and on the culmination of Records of Evidence (ROE), the charges were expelled against Baljeet Singh, Umesh Pal Singh, Virender Singh and Purshotam Singh for absence of proof against them. Sudama Rai, Raj Kumar, Chur Chand Sharma, Tej Raj Sharma, Rajender Kumar, Mohan Singh, Prakash Singh, Vachaspati Sharma were awarded punishment. Further administrative action was taken against B.B Joshi while charges against Ajaib Singh and Charan Singh were dismissed after completion of trial. Constable Mohan Singh was dismissed from the service by his unit on December 12, 1996 and his name also erased from the charge sheet.
“The BSF personnel who have been charged under section 304/307 and 436 RPC and have been indicted, the names of those sentenced BSF personnel have not been conveyed and were those BSF staff have been lodged for serving their sentence,” the petitioner has argued.