New Delhi: Sameeda Khatoon, aged 57 Years was suffering from illness for past many days. But her illness didn’t stopped her from participating in the ongoing continuous sit-in protest against Unconstitutional & discrimnatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register(NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Park Circus, Kolkatta.
It should be noted that continuous sit-in protest at Park circus, Kolkatta was started on the lines of ShaheenBagh of Delhi just few days after the Shaheen Bagh of Delhi. It was the first continuous sit-in started outside Delhi. The sit-in in Park circus is named as “Swadhinata Andolan 2.0” which means “Independence Struggle 2.0”.
As per reports, fellow protesters of the Shaheen Bagh at Park Circus, Kolkata & neighbours of Sameeda Khatoon said that she was very determined and use to participate in ongoing protest despite of her illness. Even the cold weather didn’t deter her from participation. She was the one of the many silent & peaceful protester who are raising their voice in ongoing continuous sit-in at Park circus.
According to reports, Sameeda Khatoon fell severely sick around midnight yesterday. Soon she was taken to nearby Islamia Hospital for treatment but she didn’t responded to the treatment and at around 1am on 2nd February 2020, she was declared dead due to Cardiac arrest. Her funeral will be performed today itself at Kolkata. She is the “First Lady Martyr” of ongoing Nationwide Anti-CAA_NRC_NPR protests. It should be recalled that more than 30 people had sacrificed their lives in ongoing pan India protest against CAA_NRC_NPR especially in police violence & brutality.
Mr. Labeed, president of Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) while condoling her death said that we can’t let her sacrifice go in vain and we will not forget it. We stand by his family in this hours of grief. We will continue the struggle till this black law is taken back, he added.
He further added that Government should at least come forward now and scrap the discriminatory CAA & stop the plans of implementing NPR_NRC in our country which has created so much insecurity and caused loss of precious human lives.