Kashmiri students in India protest against Guru’s hanging

New Delhi, February 13 : The Kashmiri students studying in various Indian colleges and universities of Delhi, Hyderabad, Aligarh, Chennai, Pune, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Kolkata staged protest against hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru and demanded Azaadi (freedom) from Indian bondage. Hundreds of students from Jammu and Kashmir while offering

 funeral prayers-in-absentia of Mohammad Afzal Guru at Jamia Millia Islamia, University in New Delhi marched towards the university gate by raising slogans in favor of freedom. The protestors wore black armbands read,“We want Freedom”, “I’m Afzal”, “Azadi is our Destination”.

“We had assembled here to pay our tribute to the martyrs of freedom struggle,” said a student, adding, “Indian state can crush our struggle by using power; they cannot reduce our emancipation for freedom”.

 

The students were earlier denied permission to hold any demonstration on the campus by varsity authorities.

Expressing strong resentment against the brutalities by India, the protestors condemned the continuous Internet and the gagging of press in the Kashmir valley.

“We are neither demanding nor expecting any sort of justice from Indian state. The execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru is one more stone to the long chain of atrocities that India has been committing in Kashmir,” said another student,.

In Hyderabad, hundreds of students from Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MAANU) and Osmania University in Hyderabad gathered at the main gate of MAANU and offered funeral prayers in absentia of Afzal Guru and raised slogans against his hanging and imposition of the media gag in the Kashmir Valley. The students were holding placards which read, ‘I am Afzal’, ‘we want peace not pain’, and ‘where is democracy’. Students who were raising slogans said that Afzal Guru became victim, as he was a Kashmiri Muslim.

“Our families back home have been confined to their houses and are suffering due to scarcity of essential commodities. How can we be at peace here? We condemn both the Indian government and its authorities in Kashmir for this injustice to the Kashmiris,” said Ashfaq Ahmad, a Kashmiri student studying at Osmania University, Hyderabad.

They said it is human rights violation 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 had lost hope in the Indian state.

The Association of Peoples for Democratic Rights, a human rights organisation based in Kolkata, protested against the capital punishment decisions of the Supreme Court of India and Afzal Guru’s hanging. The protest was held at the International Kolkata Book Fair on its concluding day.

In Aligarh, the students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who staged protest march pointed out that Afzal Guru was not allowed to meet even his family one last time. The gathering was addressed by President of Jammu and Kashmir Aligarh Students Association Imtiyaz Rasool and Abdul Rouf – Research Meanwhile, scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College AMU.

Meanwhile, earlier, the Kashmir student protest was also joined by Indian human rights activist Gautam Naulakha and Kashmiri documentary filmmaker, Sanjay Kak at at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on February 9.KMS