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New Delhi: At the appeal of Save Sharmila Campaign and Mission Bhartiyam, a protest was organised here on  July 21 against the Ramban massacre by BSF that claimed six lives and injured 44 others.

Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign is a nation-wide campaign in support of Irom Sharmila and for the repeal of the draconian law of AFSPA. The protest was joined and supported by many groups namely AISA, Campus Front of India, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association, NCHRO, PUCL, J&K RTI and PUDR among several others.

The BSF had opened fired on 18 July at a crowd that was protesting against the alleged manhandling by BSF personnel of a local imam and desecration of the Holy Quran the previous night. The following morning, a group of protestors had reached a BSF post in Gool in Ramban district and they were welcome with hail of bullets.

“The Ramban incident is a prima facie case of coercive methods adopted by the security personals.  It highlights the highhanded attitude of the security forces that they have acquired over a period time due to their absolute powers and the impunity granted to them”, said Ravi Nitesh, founder of Mission Bhartiyam, adding these inhuman incidents are quite frequent in Kashmir and in states of North East because draconian laws like AFSPA breed them.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 August 2013 on page no. 13

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