SRINAGAR: Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Friday went on hunger strike at Press Enclave here to protest against the “atrocities” on students by police and other agencies.
The supporters of Rasheed were carrying banners and placards appealing world community to take notice of “huge atrocities” on youth in Kashmir at the hands of government forces. Talking to media persons, Er Rasheed said, “The state police have lost a right to be called as J&K police as its double standards have crossed all limits.
It is painful that while civilized people in every part of world are showing their concern and are taking to streets, the local police are using all brutalities against the peaceful students.”
“The fact of the matter is that police have not been allowing students to come out of their college or university premises thus provoking them and get indulged in arguments and counter arguments with the students. Police, army and other forces are always in search of an opportunity to humiliate and drag students without caring for their gender and age.”
While reacting to government spokesperson and works minister Naeem Akhtar’s appeal to masses to stop protesting now, as the matter is being looked into by the court, the MLA Langate reminded the minister of his government’s “miserable” failures in dealing with the issue. “Before throwing sermons to Kashmiris, Naeem Akhtar should answer why was not Asifa’s body even allowed to be buried in her native village and why was no action taken against those who stopped the drinking water supply of the entire Muslim population in Rasana,” the independent MLA said.