On February 14, hundreds of women, youth, students, teachers and other citizens held a candle light march from Jamia Millia Metro Station to Jamia Millia Islamia University campus, to mark one year after the death of CRPF security personnel in a terrorist attack at Pulwama on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway.
The participants in the march carried placards denouncing the attack on the CRPF personnel. They held banners and placards opposing the CAA/NRC/NPR and the efforts of the state to break the unity of our people by linking citizenship to religion, the brutal attacks on the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University, JNU, AMU, etc. They marched in a peaceful and disciplined procession, culminating in a public meeting at the gate of Jamia Millia Islamia University.
A memorial to the CRPF personnel killed in the terrorist attack had been set up at the rally site, decorated with candles and flowers. The proceedings of the rally began with a 2 minute silence in commemoration of the killed security personnel. Several young children, youth and women came forward to present self-composed poems, stories and songs, highlighting the unity and solidarity of our people and denouncing the efforts of our enemies to break our unity.
Speakers said that the people of our country are still demanding answers to numerous questions regarding the terrorist attack on the security personnel at Pulwama. They condemned the state terror and hate campaign that was unleashed against people following the attack. They recalled the vicious state organized attacks on Kashmiri students in different parts of the country.
Speakers denounced the systematic policy of the state targeting Muslims as “traitors”. “We are one people!”, “We resist all efforts to divide us!”, “Withdraw the CAA, stop the NRC and NPR process!” – these slogans resonated at the protest site.