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Amarnath yatra attack: #notinmyname campaigners to hold protest at Jantar Mantar

Another round of ‘Not In My Name’ protest will be held at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday against the attack on Amarnath yatra.

delhi Updated: Jul 11, 2017 14:39 IST
Ritam Halder
Ritam Halder
Hindustan Times
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‘Not In My Name’ protests were earlier held across 10 cities on June 28 against lynchings by cow vigilantes. (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

The ‘Not In My Name’ protesters will hit Jantar Mantar once again on Tuesday evening. This time to protest against the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

At least seven devotees returning from the Amarnath shrine were shot dead and several were wounded when terrorists opened fire in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

Read: Amarnath yatra terror attack: Delhi on high alert, Kanwarias to get security cover

In a Facebook post, the organisers of the Not In My Name campaign said, “We are saddened by the news that seven pilgrims on their way to Amarnath have been killed in an attack by people who can only be described as enemies of humanity. The Kashmir police has issued a statement that the attack was on a police van and the yatris died while the fleeing attackers fired indiscriminately... We as citizens have to intervene in this situation and mourn the death of those civilians who unexpectedly became collateral damage and also take a firm stand against political violence no matter who the perpetrator.”

On June 28, thousands took to the streets of 10 cities across the country to protest mob lynching incidents in recent years. In several places, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kolkata, and even in the UK, Canada and the US, protesters gathered under the “Not In My Name” banner to make a strong statement against violence perpetrated by some cow-protection vigilantes.

It was filmmaker Saba Dewan’s Facebook post condemning the lynching of a 16-year-old Muslim boy in Ballabhgarh which triggered the spontaneous protests. According to her, Tuesday’s agitation has been organised to mourn the dead and condemn any kind of violence.

“It will be a silent vigil to mourn those who died at the attack on way to Amarnath. As a campaign we are against all sorts of political violence and hatred. We came out against lynching, now we will hit the streets against this,” Dewan told HT.

The protest will start at 7pm and will continue till 8pm.

“All lives matter and dead bodies should not become part of a politics that divides people on the basis of religion. The seven dead did not deserve to die and it is only when we stand up and demand an end to this politics of hatred that we can prevent the deaths of innocents going on a pilgrimage or returning from Eid shopping.

“Not In My name campaign gives a call to gather at Jantar Mantar and stand in vigil against hate and in grief with the families of those killed. Please carry posters of #Notinmyname and solidarity with families of those killed. We stand against hatred and our posters too should reflect our stand. We call upon all citizens to ensure peace and resist any call to violence,” the organisers’ Facebook post said.

First Published: Jul 11, 2017 14:39 IST