The Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students’ Organisation (BASO) a student movement in Jawaharlal Nehru University, on Thursday, burned the effigies of Rajnath Singh and Mehbooba Mufti as a protest against the human right violations happening in the Kashmir valley. The BASO is a new organisation in the campus formed by Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who were arrested in the JNU sedition controversy.
The event- Bullets, Pellets and Darkness: Not in Our Name- was organised to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir valley who have been facing pellet guns and other lethal weapons used by the security forces deployed there. More than 85 people died and 11,500 got injured in the Valle, according to a press release circulated by BASO, in the recent unrest.
“The naked blood bath that is going on in Kashmir is screaming in front of our pretensions of ‘Democracy’ and ‘non-violence’ – it is an utterly ruthless military occupation,” read the press release.
The event was conducted after 9 pm, near the Sabarmati Dhaba in the University. Umar Khalid, who addressed the protest, said that the intellectuals are more worried about the animals than the human beings.
“I saw some so-called intellectuals sharing some pictures from Dhaka which showed the blood rivers made by the animal sacrifice. They were using it to demonise the Muslim community and expressed their concern over the cruelty on animals. But none of these guys saw the blood streams of human beings in the streets of the Kashmir valley,” said Umar.
Umar also told that he would like to term the Kashmir conflict as a war. “The war is not against the militants in Kashmir. It is against the people of Kashmir,” said Umar.
Another student, Lata Sarang told that the people of Kashmir should have the right for self-determination. “Kashmir belongs to the people of Kashmir,” told Lata. Lata works with an organisation named – ‘Hundred Flowers’.
About hundred students gathered for the event, among which more than 30 students actively participated by raising slogans. Representatives of other student organisations like the BAPSA also addressed the protest.