Students hold rally to mark fourth anniversary of Batla House encounter

Demanding that the UPA government take responsibility for the "ongoing minority witch-hunt in the country" at least 500 students from Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University took to the streets near Batla House, Jamia, on Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of the Batla House encounter in 2008.

Students groups reiterated their demand for a judicial inquiry into the encounter that killed two youths, Atif Amin and Mohamed Sajid, suspected to be terrorists.

The torch rally started from Khalilullah Masjid and ended in Okhla Head. Students condemned the ongoing "minority witch-hunt" all over the country.

"Jamia Nagar, Darbhanga, Azamgarh ,Malegaon are places, which are being stereotyped as the manufacturing ground of terrorists," Delhi state president of the All India Students Association Sandipan, said .

Addressing the gathering at Batla House, Naseem Shah, vice- president of AISA, said: "It is only the beginning. In times to come, we will intensify our struggle. The present political scenario of our country is a massive violation of democratic rights of the people."

Firoz, a student of of JMI and a resident of Jamia Nagar, said the elders of the area are scared for their children as "there is an air of doubt and fear in the area."

"We believe that the Batla House encounter was a fake. Even after four years, our stand and demands remain the same. The government should set up a committee to address the concerns of the people so that we can understand the reasons for the events of September 19, 2008." Firoz said.

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