Srinagar: Awami Itihad Party workers on Wednesday took out a protest march here in solidarity with detained JNU student leaders and against the Pulwama killings. Police detained several AIP workers and they were later lodged in different police stations in the city.
Hundreds of protesters started the march from Jawahar Nagar and were raising slogans like “Brave hearts JNU, we are with you’, “Jis Kashmir ko khoon se seencha, wo Kashmir hamara hai”. The protestors tried to proceed towards Lal Chowk but were intercepted by a large contingent of police near TRC Chowk. Party leader Er Rashid and dozens of party activists were detained.
Er Rashid while talking to the media, said the people of J&K were thankful to saner people, especially the youth, who were raising a voice in favor of Kashmiris at JNU, Kolkata and other places in India: “Congress and BJP are trying to score political points with regard to this uprising among the educated class of India, but need to understand that the uprising is not for Congress or against BJP, but that the Indian youth has started feeling the pain of Kashmiris. The sedition charges on SAR Geelani are unacceptable and illogical and just an attempt to please a very small section of rightist forces and a section of the biased media.”
Rashid said the GoI has not been able to curb the voice of Kashmiris despite using “shameless measures” and that sooner or later it would have to resolve Kashmir issue. He added that as the protests were being carried out in prestigious universities of India, New Delhi had lost the argument of blaming Pakistan’s interference in India’s internal affairs.