Kashmiri student declines to beg justice for release
Srinagar, January 03, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a Kashmir University student who is detained in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail for past seven years has vowed not to beg for justice for the crime, which he says he never committed.
Mohammad Rafiq Shah in a letter published in a local Urdu daily from Tihar jail says, “We shall avail all available legal avenues to fight for our justice, but the appeal addressed to Indian Prime Minister for my release is against my principles and my stand.” He referred to a signature campaign that his family members and friends had started for his release.
Rafiq’s mother Mehmooda Begum had started an online petition on November 11 last year on change.org seeking Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s help to secure her son’s release.
Mehmooda had pleaded that her son was innocent and framed by different agencies. Subsequently, on her appeal, the Kashmir University students had also started a signature campaign in the campus seeking Rafiq’s release.
“At least three thousand KU students signed the signature campaign,” Faizan Ahmad, a KU student who was part of the ‘Free Rafiq campaign’, told in a media interview.
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