Amnesty asks India to release SAR Gilani


New Delhi—The Amnesty International has called upon India to drop sedition charges against Kashmiri Professor Syed Abdur Rehman Gilani and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President, Kanhaiya Kumar and release them immediately.
Amnesty International Programmes Director Tara Rao in a statement issued in New Delhi said that Indian police had shown disregard for constitutionally guaranteed rights by arresting people under a colonial-era law. The global human rights watchdog deplored that the authorities were using the law to silence and harass those with divergent opinions.
Hurriyet leaders Aasiya Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt, Bilal Siddiqui and Muhammad Shafi Reshi in their separate statements while strongly condemning the arrest of SAR Gilani and Kanhaiya Kumar said that the detention had exposed secular and democratic claims of India. Sikh organization, Dal Khalsa, in a statement in Amritsar termed the arrests as undemocratic, unjust and uncalled for.Speakers at a function organized by Jammu and Kashmir Social Peace Forum, a constituent of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G), in Jammu reiterated to maintain communal amity and brotherhood. They vowed to thwart conspiracies aimed at fomenting sectarian and communal discord in the territory. A large number of people from diverse backgrounds attended the function, which was held to commemorate the birth anniversary of noted Sikh saint, Guru Ravi Das. JKSPF Chairman Davider Singh was among the speakers.
The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded investigation into incidents like recent killing of civilians in Pulwama by an independent body.
On the other hand, high drama was witnessed on the precincts of the Madras high court when Justice C S Karnan addressing the media at the gates of the court pronounced that India was a racist nation and he was ashamed to be born in the country. C S Karnan also declared he would cancel birthright and migrate to a country where there is no racism. He announced that he would issue a judicial order directing the Chennai police commissioner to arrest the two Supreme Court judges who had ordered that no work be allocated to him because of his Dalit background.—KMS

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