Baramulla: Protesters in north Kashmir’s Baramulla on Monday asked the authorities to open road to Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) so that people can get food grains in enough quantity from across the Line of Control.
The demand was raised during a protest against the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Jammu and Kashmir that has barred people from requisite quantity of food grains from the public distribution outlets. The joint protest saw participants from all walks of life cutting across religious and political affiliations.
A large number of people under the banner of Coordination Committee Baramulla constituted by Traders Federation, Auqaf-e-Islami, Gurduwara Prabhandak Committee, Jamaat-e-Islami and representatives of transporters on Monday staged a protest against the NFSA. After offering midday prayers at Baitul Mukarram, the central mosque of the district headquarters, the people hit the streets to stage a peaceful protest against the implementation of the controversial Act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Protesters carrying banners and placards marched through different markets of town before reaching Main Chowk Baramulla. Various leaders of the town spoke on the occasion. They said that implementation of this anti-people legislation has robbed the moral authority off the rulers in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are living under the Indian occupation. It is the responsibility of the rulers that be, to provide us bridges, roads, hospitals, schools and other basic facilities. Instead, the rulers are curbing our rights and forcing us to starve. This is not acceptable to us”, Abdul Majeed Dar, a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami said.
“The government can implement this legislation over our corpses. We have rejected it and won’t allow its implementation come what may”, Abdul Rehman Shala, President Auqaf Islami Baramulla said.
The protesters said that the Government of India must open road to PaK if it is unable to supply enough food grains for the residents of Kashmir. “We will ask the government of Azad kashmir to supply food grains to our part of Kashmir”, they said.
The protesters later marched towards the office of the Deputy Commissioner and handed over a memorandum to DC Baramulla. The protesters dispersed peacefully.