Schools mourn Pakistan deaths



Schools mourn Pakistan deaths

TNN | Dec 18, 2014, 05.17 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Schools in Delhi observed two minutes of silence on Wednesday to pay homage to the children killed in the Peshawar terror attack. 

Students of the Air Force School in Delhi Cantonment took part in a special prayer meeting after observing the two-minute silence. 

"A mock security drill was also held to check emergency response situation," said Deepika T Singh, principal of the school. 

Students at Tagore International School organized a signature campaign to show solidarity with Pakistan at the moment of crisis. Many government-run schools also paid homage to the Pakistani children killed in the attack. 

On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to all schools in the country to observe two minutes of silence for the "senseless act of unspeakable brutality" in Peshawar. 

Meanwhile, police dispersed members of the Nagarik Ekta Manch who were holding a 'silent protest' on Wednesday evening at India Gate against the Taliban attack in Peshawar. 

Social activist Swami Agnivesh also took part in the demonstration. 

The protesters held placards that said "India with Pakistan" and "Killing children will not make you win war". 

Police stopped them saying, they did not have permission from relevant authorities to hold such a demonstration. "They do not have the permission to conduct any kind of protest or a vigil in front of India Gate. They have been allotted a place for doing all this— Jantar Mantar," said a police officer. 

"We support the parents of the kids who died in the attack. We cannot forgive the Talibans, we want everyone to condemn it. Islam does not support this," said Agnivesh. 

When the police asked them to leave the place, the protesters did not move from the spot initially. The police had to use force to disperse them. Altogether 21 people were detained. 

"They have created a mess out of a very small thing. The security of people is a big issue right now in the country and we cannot allow such an act," said another senior police officer. 

Meanwhile, students from government-run will gather at the Central Park in Connaught Place on Thursday to pay their condolences to the victims. The NDMC will place pots with white flowers in memory of the innocent lives lost.