Protest against attempts to weaken Article 35A

MAJID NABI. Dated: 8/5/2018 12:48:31 AM

SRINAGAR, Aug 4: Continuing their protest against challenging Article 35A by right wing RSS backed NGO in Supreme Court, people from cross section of the society including students today hit streets vowing to protect the constitutional Act.
From students to Shikrawalas, educationists to employees, everyone expressed serious concerns over the attack on special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Massive clashes broke out at Bemina Degree College here between police and students after the latter used force against them for staging protests.
Students pelted police with stones who in return used several tear smoke canisters and charged batons to disperse them. Several students including some girls have reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Students of Law College, Nowgam also hit streets to protest attack on the constitutional legality of Article 35A.
The protesting students warned serious consequences incase Supreme Court annul or make any kind of amendment in the said Article.
Meanwhile, Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK), members of tourism and trade Fraternity, Jammu and Kashmir Joint Coordination Committee of Private Schools, Rahul Gandhi fan Club, House Boat Owners and many others staged separate protests in Press Enclave against move to challenge Article 35A in the Supreme Court.
The protesters appealed the Supreme Court of India to respect sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said the Article 35A which is under attack is a constitutionally legal Act which cannot be amended or repealed.
PSAK Chairman, G N War said any move which harms special status of the state will prove offensive and likely deteriorate the situation in sensitive state.
“We assembled here to express our reservations, since the Article is constitutionally legal, any political interference will lead the state of Jammu and Kashmir to the path of disaster,” said War.
House Boar Owners and others also expressed same views and appealed Supreme Court constitutional bench to uphold its previous rulings on the issue.
“I would like to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to fiddle with the Article 35A which is set law. If you want to suppress it any way then it is better to leave us alone as we prefer freedom which is guaranteed by U.N to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Rahul Gandhi Fan Association leader and famous comedian, Qayoom Badshah.

 

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