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Jamia Millia Islamia students organise massive protest against cow vigilantism

By Raqib Hameed Naik, TwoCircles.net

New Delhi: Ten days after the murder of Pehlu Khan by cow vigilantes, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students on Monday, April 10th organised a massive protest demonstration inside the university campus against the incident.

Hundreds of students from different department gathered in front of the central canteen holding placards denouncing the growing trend of cow vigilantism in the country.

Protesting students raised slogans like,”Dadri karne waloon ko ek jhatka aur do, Gaurakshak murdabad, Gaurakhsa ke naam par, Musalmanu ki hatya nahi chalegi.”

The protest march started from the central canteen of Jamia Millia Islamia and passed through the various departments of the university and concluded in front of Zakir Hussain library, where student leaders addressed the fellow students.

Jamia student and NSUI president, Imran Choudary said, “Only four Muslims were  targeted out of five and one was left because he was Hindu. Our struggle won’t stop until Pehlu Khan gets justice.”

Ateeb Maaz Khan, an MCRC student in Jamia said, “It is not about cow protection, but to divide the country on communal lines and we are against this policy of RSS. We Jamia students won’t let RSS divide the country.”

“Voice should reach the corridors of power that killings in the name of cow won’t be accepted.The vigilantes have not killed a Muslim, but that day constitution was murdered on the roads of Rajasthan; justice was killed,” said Aqdas Ahmed, Vice President of CYSS and student of Biosciences from JMI.

“The system is being manipulated by those in the power to help these vigilante groups and we will continuously raise our voice against such injustice,” he added.

The lynching incident occurred on Saturday, April 1, when a group of self-styled cow vigilantes attacked dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in Behror area of Alwar.

Khan, hailing from Haryana, died on Monday night, April 3 in hospital.

He was travelling in a truck with two cows and two calves, when the attackers accused him of illegally smuggling cows for slaughter. However, the evidence has pointed that he wasn’t carrying cows for slaughter and instead for dairy purposes.