JNU student union leader Umar Khalid condemns J&K killings

  • Sumeer Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2016 13:34 IST
JNU student union leader Umar Khalid at a convention at Punjabi Bhawan in Ludhiana on Sunday. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

In a convention organised by the Association For Democratic Rights (AFDR) Punjab and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Vichar Manch, Umar Khalid, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader expressed concerns over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), on Sunday.

He termed the recent killings of civilians in J&K as extrajudicial killing.

“The aspirations of Kashmiri people need to be brought to the centre stage rather than using pellet guns against them,” added Khalid.

More than 60 civilians have lost their lives in past one and half month while thousands have been injured in J&K, said the student leader.

“Releasing an official diktat and forcing citizens in a democratic country is certainly not a resolve to the issue. The barbaric episode like blinding of a14-year-old girl with pellets will further escalate the problem, it is unacceptable,” he said.

“The social fabric of the country has taken a seri- ous beating as union gov- ernment is leaning on the corporatisation of eastern and central Indian states,” he added.

“Our struggle is against the oppression meted out to the lesser privileged, Dalits, Adivasis and civilians of Jammu and Kashmir,” added Khalid.

“If there is a war, then it has to be war of opinions and this basic human right must not be subverted at any cost,” the student leader further said.

Present on the occasion was Malini Subramaniam, a journalist who works in insurgency hit Bastar district in Chhattisgarh.She also hit hard on Union government for ignoring the interests and basic rights of people living in the region for decades and now suddenly developing these areas to favour big corporate houses of the country.

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