Ashoka varsity students demand plebiscite in Kashmir

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Srinagar—Haryana-based Ashoka University students in an open letter have asked governments of India to demilitarize Jammu and Kashmir and hold a plebiscite as promised by first Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.
The letter, which was published by kafila.org voiced deepest anguish and grave concern at the violent turn of events in Kashmir.
The violence perpetrated by the Indian State after the extrajudicial execution of 22-year old Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani is highly condemnable, the letter said. “The Indian Army, Police and other task forces have reacted violently with bullets, pellets and lathis in the clashes that erupted after Burhan’s funeral. This was immediately followed by many more protests and demonstrations as part of Kashmiri resistance to the military occupation of Kashmir by the Indian State.” It added.
“We, unequivocally, condemn this brutal use of force by the Indian State in dealing with the protests after the killing of Burhan Wani,” the letter further said.
The armed forces are seen attacking hospitals and ambulances and stopping people going to funeral processions, it lamented. “Consequently, alarming images of Indian police, army and task force brutalities against women, children and youth have surfaced on social media, the letter pointed out.
The students demanded of India to demilitarize Kashmir which is the world’s most densely militarized colony with over 700,000 military, paramilitary and militarized police, repeal of colonial laws. —KMS

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