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Please let us study, kids tell Naxals
Ambarish Dutta
Tribune News Service

Patna, October 14
Rallies and demonstrations are nothing new in this crucial Hindi heartland, which witnessed a series of agitations from the JP movement in the 1970s to reservation issue in the recent past, the echoes of which were felt in national politics too.

But it was a different rally by school students of Aurangabad. Pen, it is said, is mightier than sword and the schoolchildren there have proved that in letter and spirit.

The students in Aurangabad took everyone by surprise when they took out a rally on Saturday against the growing Naxalite menace in the district.

Aurangabad is among the 23 districts affected by Naxalite problem in the state, which the Nitish government is finding hard to cope with.

The students, ranging from class II to class VII, perhaps know nothing about the Naxalite movement, except that their schools in Aurangabad district have been closed for some time now because of the frequent demands for money by ultras.

Officials in the districts, who despite concerted efforts in the past could not yet wipe out the Naxalites, admit that the Naxals even damage the schools if their demand for money was not met.

In the rally, with banners and posters, students sought to send a strong message to the Naxals who often justify their struggle in the name of social transformation. “Do not snatch away our school life and let us study”, was the loud and clear message from the rally.

After hitting the streets in protest, the students said their protests would continue till schools were allowed to function peacefully.

The Nitish government, which for long has been trying to involve the people in its bid to isolate the Naxals from society, welcomed this spontaneous move by the students.

An enthused Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi told the media here that these children have shown that they would not like to suffer due to terrorism any more.



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