Tral Killing: Students at JNU Stage Protest, Express Solidarity

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KL Report

SRINAGAR

The students at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi organized a candle light protest on Wednesday evening at against the killing of a youth in Kamla Forest in South Kashmir’s Tral town of Pulwama district.

The candle light protest was organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) in collaboration with Kashmiri students studying in the varsity. The protesting students amid anti-army and anti-BJP slogans denounced the killing of youth in Tral and stated that the youth (Khalid Wani) was put to death in a ‘staged encounter’.

The protesting students including females carried banners and placards that depicted multiple anti-army and anti-BJP slogans. The main banner at the protest sight read as, “From Pathribal to Tral Fake Encounters in Kashmir.”

The protesting students while expressing solidarity with the family of the victim demanded an impartial probe into the incident and also urged upon the government of India to repeal contentious Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives impunity to the Indian soldiers operating in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Kashmiri’s should be given an opportunity to decide their fate. You can’t occupy them for a long time on the gun point,” said a student from the University.

A Kashmiri student informed CNS that during the protest, the BJP supporters present in the Campus did not raise any objection even though protesters were raising anti-BJP slogans.

“All the students showed discipline and respected the sentiments of one another,” he said adding that it were non-Kashmiri students who spoke openly in favour of Kashmiri people and asserted, “Self-Determination is the right of Kashmiri citizens and they should be given a chance to decide their fate.”

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