By News Desk | Photographs by Shahid Tantray
The students of the Kashmir University held protests, on Tuesday, in the campus demanding the return of the body of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Butt. The protests were in response to the call given by Mutahidda Majlis-e-Mashawarat (MMM) – a joint group of different pro-freedom groups of Jammu and Kashmir in their latest protest calendar.
Accused for his role in the attack on Indian Parliament in 2001, Afzal Guru was convicted by the courts and hanged on Feb. 9 this year in the Tihar jail of India in New Delhi without informing his family. His body was buried in the jail compound where body of Maqbool Butt is also buried, who was hanged on Feb. 11, 1984.
The university students took out a peaceful protest march which started from the Iqbal Libarary- named as “Geelani Chowk” by the students and went through the various departments of the campus. It also passed through the Vice-Chancellor’s office which has also been renamed as “Afzal Guru Chowk”. The students later dispersed peacefully at the library.
The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressed the students via cellphone and congratulated them for organizing the peaceful protests. “I appeal you (students) to remain steadfast and continue the freedom struggle till the end of the Indian occupation,” Geelani told the students, and urged them to follow the protest programs of MMM.
Amid anti-India and pro Pakistan slogans, the students were holding placards and pictures of Afzal Guru. The protesting students also offered prayers for “Martyrs of Kashmir”.