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Human rights champions hold candle light march for an Indian army soldier martyred near border

30, Jul 2015 By manithan

New Delhi: Around 500 Human rights activists from different parts of country assembled in the capital city today to hold a candle light march, in memory of the 28-year old Army soldier who was shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir yesterday.

Ramesh Kumar (28), from Bihar, was involved in an encounter yesterday against the terrorists who were holed up in a bank in the border town in Kashmir. During the encounter, Ramesh was shot in the neck and shoulder by terrorists. He succumbed to the injuries on the spot, before the medic team could arrange an ambulance for him. While Ramesh Kumar’s body is being flown to his hometown today, he received a volley of salutes from fellow Indians both online and offline.

This sudden U-turn by activists, by holding a candle light march for a martyred army soldier, had shocked many political, social and journalist circles. ‘Have they gone nuts?’, asked a well known social activist who had skipped the candle light march.
This sudden U-turn by activists, by holding a candle light march for a martyred army soldier, had shocked many political, social and journalist circles. ‘Have they gone nuts?’, asked a well known social activist who had skipped the candle light march.

Apart from the usual communal Internet Hindus who pounce at any opportunity to trumpet their patriotism, the rest peaceful liberal and secular Indians went to Twitter to pay homage for the dead soldier. “This comes as a surprise because the liberal and secular groups which brand themselves as human rights activists seldom worried about the victims of terrorism. They always carry placards to support terrorists who kill hundreds of people.”, a Twitter observer commented.

Also, a famous human rights activist Savita Krishnan had called for a candle light march via Twitter, as a remembrance of the martyred soldier. Around 8 PM, people started pouring in from various corners of India and assembled at the designated spot. Azhar, a well known journalist, who also works for Blue Cross, said, “I’m coming from Kochi. Upon seeing an online discussion that there will be a candle light march for our dead soldier, I immediately took a flight and landed here just few minutes before. Ramesh Kumar had even sacrificed his life, so that we can live our life peacefully. Imagine his family – they have lost an irreplaceable person. I could not stand what might be going in the minds of their family members. I read in news that he was the sole breadwinner for the family. If we do not even spend a few hours and candles for him, then how else are we going to repay him?”

Activists who were around him holding candle lights were moved by his words and tried to suppress their tears. With a heavy heart, we took some pictures of the candle light march and left the place.