‘Yatra’ against special powers act to begin from Srinagar

October 15th, 2011 - 11:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Oct 15 (IANS) Social activist Medha Patkar and Magsaysay award winner Sandeep Pandey will Sunday start from Srinagar their 4,500-km ‘yatra’ for revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), an activist said here.

Faisal Khan, leader of the National Alliance of People’s Movements, told IANS here: “About 25 people from various states of the country will participate in the anti-AFSPA yatra led by me and other participants, including Medha Patkar, Sandeep Pandey, the Magsaysay awardee, Irom Singhjhit, the brother of Irom Sharmila, local MLA (legislator) Engineer Abdul Rashid, and others.

“The yatra will cover around 4,500 km through 10 states and will conclude at Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital at Imphal where Irom Sharmila is admitted Oct, 27.”

“The objective of the yatra is to create awareness among people of those states where the AFSPA is not in force that laws like this have created a serious void between the people of these states and the people of Kashmir and Manipur where AFSPA is in force,” Khan said.

“At 3 p.m. we will go to the Hazratbal shrine, pray for justice and peace, and then we will move to the Press Enclave at Pratap Park in Srinagar where the rally will be addressed before it is flagged off,” said Khan.

The ‘yatra’ is part of the “Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign”, he added.

Raja Muzaffar of the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information (RTI) movement has said it is the duty of every right thinking citizen to support the campaign.

“We have been the victims of the AFSPA for many years now,” he said.

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