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Over 1,200 Kashmiri Students Threaten to Leave AMU If Sedition Charges Not Dropped Against 3

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| October 15 , 2018 , 10:34 IST

More than 1,200 Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17 if sedition charges filed against 3 of them are not dropped, media reported on Sunday.

Sedition charges were filed against 3 Kashmiri students of AMU for allegedly raising "anti-India" slogans and trying to hold a prayer meet for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani on October 12. The 27-year-old Wani had been a student of AMU before he quit the university to join militancy in January this year, and was last week killed in an encounter in Kashmir's Kupwara district.  

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AMU students union former vice-president Sajjad Rathar in a letter to the AMU vice-chancellor termed the sedition charges as "vendetta" and wrote, "If this vilification does not stop, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley on October 17 as a last option."

He said, "The option of holding Namaaz-e-Janaza (prayer meeting) in absentia was dropped after the AMU authorities did not give the permission."

Rathar added, "If no prayer meeting was held as confirmed by all official agencies, the slapping a case of sedition against three Kashmiri students is simply a vendetta, harassment and denial of justice."

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AMU spokesman Professor Shafay Kidwai denied the charges of harassment levelled by the Kashmiri students and emphasised that "no innocent would be framed" while also making it clear that "there is zero tolerance for any anti-national activity on AMU campus".

Aligarh's Senior Superintendent of Police Ajai Sahni said that the police took action against the 3 Kashmiri students after a video surfaced which showed them raising "anti-India" slogans.

"Police have filed an FIR against Wasim Malik, Abdul Mir and one unnamed person. They have been identified on the basis of a video recording," he said.

The Aligarh Muslim University had earlier this year landed in controversy over a portrait of Jinnah, Pakistan's 'Father of the Nation' placed in the university.