Primary School Students Protest Against Unrest In Kashmir Valley1 September 2010
Srinagar: A group of primary school students today protested against the 80-day-long agitation in Kashmir Valley, saying it was denying them the right to education. Dressed in their school uniforms, nearly 20 students from a school in Ganderbal staged the demonstration here, demanding an end to the ongoing agitation, on the ground that it had marred their learning process. The students held placards which read 'We want freedom from poverty, we want freedom from illiteracy, we want freedom from backwardness.' A mainstream political activist Farooq Ahmad Ganderbali, who was accompanying the students told reporters that the agitation in the Valley was spoiling the future of students. 'Students in the Jammu region don't have any disruption and study without any hindrance but our wards are suffering immensely,' he said. However, Ganderbali's statement did not go down well with an unidentified onlooker who pushed him. 'What about the lives of 65 people, who were mostly students and died in the police and CRPF firing since June 11? Did not they have a right to live?' the agitated onlooker asked Ganderbali before the protestors fled from the scene sensing more trouble.