New Delhi: Teachers of Jamia
Millia Islamia University Friday staged a protest at ITO crossing
here against what they called "encounter killings" by the state
police forces in various parts of the country.
"We are protesting
against the encounter killings by state forces, the arbitrary
arrests of Muslim youth and the blatant whitewashing of such crimes
by state agencies. All this in the name of national security and war
against terror," Manisha Sethy, president of Jamia Teachers
Solidarity Associaton, told IANS.
teachers, who came along with members of the All India Students'
Association (AISA) and Manipur Students Association of Delhi, said
the "cold-blooded murder" of Chungkham Sanjit, a 27-year old Manipur
man in broad daylight July 23 by the Manipur Police Commandos was an
They pointed out
that he was murdered barely 500 meters from the state assembly
building in Imphal and this showed "the sordid truth" of how people
were being indiscriminately killed in the name of gun battles with
After holding a
meeting near the Delhi police headquarters at ITO crossing, the
protesting teachers took out a 'funeral procession' to highlight
said from time to time innocent people were being killed in the name
of war against terror.
They said the
killing of two alleged terrorists by Delhi Police in Batla House
here Sep 19 last would have been treated as "another routine
encounter if not for the nationwide outcry from human rights groups,
students and academics".
the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for giving a clean chit
to Delhi Police in the Batla House gunbattle, saying the rights
panel had merely gone by the police version and not spoken to any
The rights panel
exonerated Delhi Police in the Batla House gunbattle, in which
police inspector M.C. Sharma, described as "encounter specialist",
was killed together with two alleged terrorists, they said.
The two, suspected
to be Indian Mujahideen terrorists and identified as Atif Amin and
Mohammed Sajid, were killed while two others - Mohammed Saif and
Zeeshan - were overpowered and arrested.