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IYC holds candle light march for Amarnath Yatra victims

A girl prays for the victims of a militant attack on the Bacha Khan University, during a candle light vigil in Peshawar, Pakistan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Khuram Parvez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

New Delhi: Members of the Indian Youth Congress today organised a candle light march to pay homage to the Amarnath pilgrims killed in a terror attack in Kashmir, urging the Centre to “take action” rather than “just condemn” these unethical acts.

The youth wing of the Congress alleged the incident was a “failure of not just the Central government but also of the state (Jammu and Kashmir) government which is standing on just coalition, without any ideologies of its own”.

The peaceful march started from Indian Youth Congress Office at Raisina Road and ended at Jantar Mantar.

“Today’s youth demands that Home Minister Rajnath Singh stop ‘just’ condemning these unethical acts and take some action. We are tired of hearing your hollow words. It is time that you act and return us our basic rights and needs,” the IYC said in a statement and sought his “resignation”.

“This is not the end of our struggle in demanding our safety and security, it is just the beginning,” it said.

The march was led by IYC Secretary Sitaram Lamba and its national media in-charge Amrish Ranjan Pandey. All DPYC office-bearers were present along with youth members.

“Our heartfelt condolences to all killed in this incident… The pilgrimage has been an integral part of the Indian culture and religious sentiments,” the IYC said.

Every caste, community and faith follows a certain pattern of pilgrimage and it is very essential that the government provide them security.

—PTI