BARAMULLA, SEP 9: Despite life in Baramulla under threat after gruesome rape and murder of a minor girl and yesterdays killing of a Hurriyat activist by an unidentified gunman, the Jammu Kashmir Awami Forum (JKAF) held its Baramulla convention and staged a march against Uri rape and Murder case and Poll Boycott call given by political parties. It may be recalled that Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum earlier lead marches for peace, calling for an end to the gun culture in the strife-torn valley in Kupwara especially its historic march to Chrar-e-Sharief by over 1000 people speaking up against terrorism sponsored from across the border.
Baramulla district has been on the receiving end of the cross border infiltration and sponsored terror and now social menace is tightening grip on it. Jammu Kashmir Awami Forum’s convention and march against Uri rape and Murder case besides Poll Boycott call by political parties will certainly go down in the history of Baramulla district, marking the historic day in its annals. Baramulla today witnessed the gathering of people in large numbers at the Dak Bungalow where the convention was held culminating in a march at town hall near DC office. Those attending the convention firmly spoke against double standards of separatists, political parties mainly National Conference boycotting upcoming local bodies and Panchayat elections despite being actually responsible for militancy, violence, insurgency, corruption and addiction.
Jammu and Kashmir Awami Forum activists led by District Baramulla chairman Farooq Ganai, General Secretary Mashhoor Banday, Spokesperson G.N. Parwana and I/C Baramulla Sheikh Nazir staged a rally to register protest against the rape and murder of a teenager in Trikanjan Uri of Baramulla district. They demanded a thorough and thread bare probe into the shameful act.
It is pertinent to mention here that The Jammu & Kashmir Awami Forum, had invited Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to address and interact with various delegations of youth and local people and gathering of around 12000 people who came from all corners of the valley.