Kashmiri AMU Students Protest Sedition Charges, Harassment   

ALIGARH — Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University organised a protest march on the campus Monday against slapping of sedition charges on their three peers and alleged harassment by local authorities.

The students marched from the Sir Syed Gate to the office of Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor.

Five of the protesting students met the university registrar Abdul Hamid and handed over a memorandum alleging that they were living in a state of constant fear.

On Saturday, sedition cases were registered against the three students for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans and trying to hold a prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, a aluminous of the varsity who was killed in an encounter with the security forces in north Kashmir, officials had said.

“Police filed an FIR against Wasim Malik, Abdul Mir and one unnamed person. They have been identified on the basis of a video recording,” Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Ajai Sahni had said.

The protesting students said in their memorandum Monday that if the sedition charges were not withdrawn, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students would leave the campus on October 17 after presenting their case during the alumni meet on October 16, as part of the Sir Syed Day celebration.

AMU registrar Abdul Hamid told mediapersons, “We have made it clear that no innocent person is going to be harassed. Any punitive action would be taken only after we receive the report of a three-member enquiry committee headed by AMU proctor Prof Mohsin Khan.” 

He said there would be no witch-hunt against any student.

 KU Students March For Solidarity   

Students of Kashmir University on Monday staged a protest regarding the killing of a Manan Wani, the PhD scholar turned Hizb commander who was killed along with his associate at home district Kupwara in north Kashmir on Thursday last.

Shouting pro-freedom and pro-Wani slogans, the students marched inside the varsity and also expressed solidarity with Kashmiri students who are facing harassment in the AMU campus for trying to offer funeral prayer in absentia for Wani.

They students were also carrying banners with pictures of former KU faculty member-turned-militant Dr Rafi Bhat, who was killed during a gun fight in March earlier this year, Manan wani and Hizb Commander Riyaz Naikoo .

Around 1200 Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave en-masse on October 17, birth day of the varsity founding father, if the sedition charges against three of them was not dropped.

When this report was filed, the protests were going on inside the campus . While Manan was killed on October 11, the university authorities had suspended class work in the varsity on next day on Friday.

On weekend, there were hardly any class work due to strike in poll bounds areas leading to the university. On Saturday, voting for the penultimate phase of the elections took place, recording a meager 3.5 percent in Kashmir.

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