Pro-Azadi Demos Held in KU

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Tufail Mattu’s 5th Death Anniversary

SRINAGAR: A large number of students on Thursday staged a pro-freedom and anti-India demonstration in the Kashmir University on the 5th death anniversary of 17-year old Tufail Ahmad Mattu.

Tufail was killed on 11 June after police fired a teargas shell at him inside Gani Memorial Stadium in Rajouri Kadal area of the city. 

His killing triggered a mass uprising in entire Kashmir for months leaving nearly 120 people, mostly teenagers, dead. All those killed died in police and paramilitary firing

The protest demonstration in the varsity was organized by Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) and was attended by Tufail’s father, Muhammad Ashraf Mattu and another slain teenager’s father, Farooq Ahmad. Besides, students from various departments also attended the protest.

The slain Tufail’s father, while addressing the students, expressed dismay over the denial of justice. He said the previous regime “sheltered the killers” and “the current regime also failed to deliver the justice”. Ashraf, who is a businessman by profession, said “ball is in the court of new government and it is they who have to act”. “The State started the war against us and it has to end this war,” he said, adding: “it seems they (political parties) are only taking at each other without caring for people.”

He thanked columnists and journalists for highlighting the cases of “martyred teens”. “I appeal Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other rights’ groups to intervene in the cases of our children and pressurize the State to act swiftly against the killers,” he said.

The students also spoke on the occasion and paid tributes to slain teenagers. They were holding placards and a large banner.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the KUSU in a statement said: “They (students) also spoke against the Indian army’s aid to KU under Op Sadbhavna last month. They said that these so called welfare tactics won’t change the character of Indian army of an occupier. One of the students also expressed his dismay over KU authorities allowing the Indian Army to enter KU premises & becoming a willing instrument of Indian Army’s Sadbhavna program, adding: “Other students also pointed out to the police-public cricket league which is currently going in KU grounds. They said that their hands are stained with the blood of our martyrs. Their public relations’ programs will not in any way wash away their crimes they have committed against Kashmiris.”

“This event organized by KUSU was primarily organized to remember the indubitable sacrifices of Kashmiris and how Kashmiri youth responsibly remember and fight against this hegemonic onslaught of Indian occupational forces,” the spokesman added.

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