Anti-desecration protests reach Delhi

Srinagar, July 22 2013 (PPI-OT): Protests over condemnable act of desecration of the holy Quran and subsequent killings by Indian troops in Ramban district of occupied Kashmir have spread out to New Delhi as students and members of civil society staged a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar demanding the arrest of accused BSF men, demilitarization and repeal of draconian black laws from the territory.

The protestors condemning the killing of civilians sought investigation in all crimes committed under draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), prosecution of guilty persons and compensation for the victims.

The protest was organized on the appeal of Save Sharmila Campaign and Mission Bhartiyam. The protest among others was joined and supported by AISA, Campus Front of India, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, Jamia Students Solidarity and PUDR. Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Jamia Millia Islamia participated in the demonstration.

Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign is a India-wide campaign in support of Irom Sharmila and for the repeal of the AFSPA. The organizers termed the BSF firing on unarmed protesters as “shameful and unacceptable”.

“The Ramban incident is a prima facie case of coercive method adopted by the armed personnel. It highlights the highhandedness of the forces that they have acquired over a period time due to their absolute powers and impunity granted to them,” said Ravi Nitesh, founder of Mission Bhartiyam.

“We know that this incident is not the first incident of its kind in Kashmir. These inhuman incidents are quite frequent in Kashmir …because draconian laws like AFSPA breed them. We are here today to demand repeal of AFSPA,” said Devika Mittal, core member of Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign.

On the other hand, a protest demonstration against the desecration of holy Quran in Ramban district and attack on the holy shrine of Hazrat Zainab (R.A) in Syria was held in Kargil. The protesters condemned the Gool killings and demanded action against the BSF troops involved in the heinous crime.

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