AMU Revokes Suspension Of 2 Students, Sedition Charges Stay 

SRINAGAR — Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Tuesday revoked the suspension of two Kashmir students after a fact-finding committee found no evidence of their involvement in raising ‘Azadi’ slogans on the campus, said a media report.

However, the sedition cases registered against them by the UP police have not been withdrawn yet, reported The Times of India.

The suspension of Waseem Ayoub Malik (Phd, Biochemistry) and Abdul Haseeb Mir (Phd, History) has been revoked, as committee did not find any evidence against them, the report quoted the registrar of the university, Abdul Hamid as having said.

The CCTV footage of the lawn where the students had gathered is not available, he said. 

He said that cameras’ directions are towards the entry of Kennedy hall, which can not cover the lawn area.

SSP Aligarh, Ajay Kumar Sahini said that SIT will verify the evidences and witnesses before concluding the investigation, said the report.

He said that he has not received the probe report of AMU and once it comes then it will be forwarded to SIT.

The police had booked both the students for sedition for allegedly trying to hold funeral prayers in absentia for slain Hizb commander Mannan Wani.

Earlier in a day, the Alumni meet at Aligarh Muslim University witnessed a silent protest by Kashmiri students, including girls, against the sedition charges, suspension and show cause notices issued to students.

Governor Asks Centre to Ensure Smooth Studies of Kashmiri Students

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday sought the intervention of Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar to ensure smooth studies of the Kashmiri students at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Governor Malik also shared his concern on the issue with AMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor.

He urged both Javadekar and Professor Mansoor to ensure that Kashmiri students are allowed to continue their studies in a safe, secure and well-disposed academic environment.

Around 1,200 Kashmiri students studying in AMU threatened to leave their studies midway if sedition charges filed against some of the students were not withdrawn.

Recently, a group of students were suspended for allegedly raising anti-India slogans in the university. Two Kashmiri students were also stated to have been part of the slogan shouting brigade.

According to reports, the students apparently also mourned the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander Manan Waniand and Ashiq Hussain Zargar who were killed by security forces in an encounter.

The Aligarh Police launched a probe and subsequently a case was registered against the protesters under sections 147, 148, 124 A, 153A, 153B, 504 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On Monday, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti urged the Centre to withdraw cases against the Kashmiri students.

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