Srinagar, Oct 9: Students of Kashmir University on Monday staged a massive demonstration in the campus in support of Muhammad Afzal Guru, the parliament attack convict who is to be hanged on October 20 as per a Delhi court order.
The students boycotted their classes and joined the demonstration. "Every Kashmiri must stand against this decision because tomorrow another Kashmiri might meet the same fate," said Tajamul Ahmed.
The students shouting pro-freedom slogans demanded fair trial for Afzal Guru. "Government of India must reconsider their decision otherwise the situation will worsen in Kashmir," said Shahid, a law student, adding, "India is showing the world community that it is making efforts to find a permanent solution to the Kashmir dispute and at the same time it is hanging a Kashmiri."
The students confined the protests to the campus after seeing a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers deployed in and outside. In the past such protests have been crushed by police when they spilled over to the streets of Hazratbal and beyond. Many students were arrested and dozens beaten when they held protests against the involvement of politicians, police and paramilitary officers, and bureaucrats in the sexual abuse of girls in the Valley.
A Law student shouting pro-freedom slogans said, "Afzal's confession was extracted in police custody; it should have been corroborated by other agencies."
Demanding open trial in the case, the protesters said the trial was so prompt that one starts to loose faith in the Indian system.
A senior lecturer of the University, wishing anonymity, said, "Protest is our fundamental right and as far as the verdict goes it is a political judgement and nothing else. Why were not soldiers and paramilitary troopers responsible for dozens of massacres in the Valley punished in these years?"