Amarnath Yatra ; A religious deception – Fraud Agnivesh

published on May 18, 2011

Agnivesh Favours Immediate Withdrawal of AFSPA

Advocating immediate revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, social activist Swami Agnivesh today demanded an inquiry by a Supreme Court judge into the killing of civilians during last year’s summer unrest in Kashmir Valley.

“Firstly, there is need to withdraw AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir immediately,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a “Peace Conference”, organized by the J&K Peace Foundation, here.

“There is also need for a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the killing of civilians during violence in the Valley last summer,” Agnivesh said.

Over 112 people were killed during the unrest that rocked the Valley last year.

The social activist demanded release of all the youths detained without trial in the past one year in the Valley.

“Instead those who have committed the crime should be thrown into jails,” he said.

On the Kashmir problem, Agnivesh quipped “it is a political and not a religious issue”.

On the annual pilgrimage to the revered cave shrine of Amarnath, Agnivesh said, “I do not understand those who go for the Yatra. It is a religious deception.”

“I do not believe in this type of religion. Religion is when you seek justice for the poor, for the oppressed,” he said.

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