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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, January 21, 2014
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has called January 21 "a very dark day" in the recent history of Kashmir. On this day in 1990, 51 civilians were killed in alleged firing by security forces on protesters in Srinagar’s Gaw Kadal area.


 
Parts of Srinagar including city centre Lal Chowk were shut down in remembrance of the victims on Tuesday.
 
Amid protests in parts of the city to commemorate the day, the CM took to microblogging site Twitter.
 
"Today marks the anniversary of a very dark day in the recent history of Kashmir. The #Gawkadal killings symbolise much of what went wrong (sic)," Abdullah, who has more than 425,000 followers on Twitter, posted.
 
"Though violence levels are at a record low memories of incidents like #Gawkadal reinforce why Kashmir has to be freed of violence and guns (sic)," he added.
 
According to people who claim they were at Gaw Kadal on that fateful day 24 years ago, security forces fired at unarmed peaceful protesters while they were crossing a bridge.