Concerned over developments in Jammu and Kashmir, a delegation of prominent citizens today staged a candle light march in front of the AICC headquarters here urging the central government to intervene and resolve the crisis.
The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the office of Congress President Sonia Gandhi saying they were dismayed over the use of CRPF to quell "popular outbursts of public anger" against Omar Abdullah's high handed misrule.
Manushi - 'Citizens First' Forum said in the memorandum that the government must communicate to the people that it
treats Kashmiri people as "our own".
"Combating terrorism requires a surgeon's scalpel, not a butcher's knife," the memorandum said, adding the situation
demands a clear time bound plan to find a permanent solution with the political engagement of all stakeholders.
The delegation is likely to meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on September 6.
The memorandum wanted the UPA Chairperson and the Prime Minister to personally visit Srinagar for a dialogue with a
cross section of the people to assess the ground situation, send teams of parliamentarians from all over the country to
the state to engage with the people there and withdraw criminal charges for pelting stones.