Ludhiana: Thousands protest killings of Rohingyas in Myanmar
The protestors gathered near Jama Masjid at Field Ganj area and started marching towards the mini secretariat, raising slogans against the government of Myanmar for not taking requisite action to stop killings of Rohingyas in the country.Updated: Sep 13, 2017 14:45 IST
Hindustan Tiems, Ludhiana
Thousands of people from Muslim community in Ludhiana on Tuesday protested against the killings of Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar.
The protestors gathered near Jama Masjid at Field Ganj area and started marching towards the mini secretariat, raising slogans against the government of Myanmar for not taking requisite action to stop killings of Rohingyas in the country.
More than 8,000 protestors from the Muslim community raised slogans while marching towards deputy commissioner’s (DC) office and occupied more than one kilometre of area resulting in traffic snarls.
The protestors held placards in hands flashing slogans such as ‘stop killing us for being Muslim’, ‘stop killing Muslims in Burma’, ‘Aung San Suu Kyi, shame on you’ and stop genocide of Muslims among dozen others. The protestors also carried Tricolour and Ahrar-e-Islam flags.
Meanhwhile, hundreds of commuters were stranded near Jagraon bridge, Bharat Nagar Chowk and Field Ganj.
Ranjan Verma, a commuter near Jagraon Bridge, said, “I had to sit and wait for more than 40 minutes inside my car to let the protestors pass. It was really difficult for me and my 10 years old daughter to wait in the hot weather.”
Muhammad Mustkeem, general secretary of the Shahi Imam said, “We have submitted a memorandum to the DC of Ludhiana and also shot a letter to the United Nations to intervene and take necessary action. We have also requested the Indian government to help the Rohingya community in Myanmar.”
Sukhpal Brar, additional DC (traffic), said, “The number of protestors were in thousands so we had difficulty in managing traffic for a few minutes but since, the protest was peaceful, later it was easy for us to ensure smooth flow of traffic.”
First Published: Sep 13, 2017 14:34 IST