Noted trade union leader, Pandit Sampat Prakash held a sit-in and a token hunger strike on Saturday in favour of Article 35-A at Pratap Park.
He cautioned Government of India if Article 35-A is removed, "a mass agitation will be started".
In support of Prakash, a large gathering had assembled at Pratap Park cutting across all shades of political ideologies, religious faith. The protesting members said they will not "accept any kind of tinkering with the article 35-A under any circumstances." They said they will extend all the support to show their solidarity in "resisting any sort of attack on the nature of J&K's demography".
"As a patriot of my motherland, it is my duty and moral responsibility to raise my voice against the threat of being robbed of our pride which is our special status," said Prakash, a member of Pandit community.
Prakash said irrespective of religion, all citizens of Jammu and Kashmir are one and "will oppose any conspiracy being hatched in New Delhi to dilute its special status."
"We will fight tooth and nail attempts to abrogate article 35A, come what may. For us like fellow Muslim Kashmiris and Dogra brothers, state subject is a matter of life and death and fighting for it is as sacred as anything," he said.
Leaders of Hurriyat Conference (G), Hurriyat Conference (M) and JKLF including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Er Hilal Ahmad War, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Zamrooda Habib, Yasmeen Raja, Nisar Ahmad Rather also participated in the sit-in, said a statement here.