Srinagar: Scores of students held a protest demonstration at Kashmir University campus on Tuesday – against civilian and militant killings in the Valley- while Governor N N Vohra was in the campus to attend an event.
Raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans, the demonstrators under the banner of Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU), assembled outside the Institute of Kashmir Studies and held a sit-in against the killings. The protesters were also carrying placards with pro-freedom and anti-India slogans written over them.
“Our aim to demonstrate here is to convey to authorities that bloodbath in Kashmir will not solve any issue. Rather, it will complicate the situation further. Choking the genuine voice on the ground with crushing force will create worse for the government here and in New Delhi,” a protesting student said.
He said that government should understand and accept the ground situation and initiate a dialogue towards resolving the issue otherwise.
“Brutal force on civilians, arrests, detentions and maiming of civilians would achieve nothing rather it will accumulate the anger to manifold,” he said.
Seeking the release of a journalism student, Tahir Ahmad, who has been slapped with Public Safety Act twice and is languishing in central jail, the KUSU said the student must be released immediately otherwise entire student community will hit the roads to demand his release.
The demonstrators also extended their support to Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) for their stand and condemned the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raids on resistance leaders. The demonstrators later dispersed peacefully.