Students stage protest at Aligarh, Hyderabad
‘Want Peace Not Pain’
Hyderabad, Feb 12: Kashmiri students from various varsities in Hyderabad assembled at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) to protest against the execution of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.
Some thirty Kashmiri students mainly from Hyderabad Central University, Osmania University and MANUU began their protest by performing funeral prayer of Afzal Guru in absentia in the main campus. Then they took out rally from main administrative building to the exit gate, stopping occasionally at different department buildings and raising slogans against Indian Government and in the support of Afzal Guru.
Kashmiri students were holding placards which reads, ‘I am Afzal’, ‘we want peace not pain’, and ‘where is democracy’. Students who were raising passionate slogans alleged that Afzal Guru became a victim as he was a Kashmiri Muslim.
Students speaking to the media said that Afzal Guru didn’t receive a proper trial from the beginning, and was already pronounced guilty by the public and the media, thus made a scapegoat of the parliament attack case. Protesting students also criticized Governments secret execution of Afzal Guru and its inability to hand over Afzal’s dead body to his family.
They said it is human rights violation and against Indian constitution that a man is deprived of his last rites. Demanding his dead body back in Kashmir students were raising slogan, ‘he was born in paradise we will bury him in paradise’.
Some students also stated their disenchantment to Indian judiciary and parliamentary democracy they said that they lost hope on Indian state.
AMU STUDENTS PROTEST
Meanwhile, students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) staged protest march against the execution of Afzal Guru, “without any fair trial.” Hundreds of students joined the protest and unanimously rejected the secretive nature of government’s execution. They pointed out that Guru was not allowed to meet even his family one last time.
They have demanded that the corpse should be handed over to the family and that Kashmiris should be allowed to protest in a democratic manner.
The gathering was addressed by President of Jammu and Kashmir Aligarh Students Association Imtiyaz Rasool and Abdul Rouf - Research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College AMU.
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