WANI’S PRAYER MEET: AMU SUS­PENDS THREE KASH­MIRI STU­DENTS

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ALI­GARH: Three Kash­miri stu­dents of the Ali­garh Mus­lim Uni­ver­sity (AMU) were sus­pended on Fri­day af­ter they al­legedly tried to hold a prayer meet­ing for Hizbul Mu­jahideen com­man­der Manan Bashir Wani.

Some Kash­miri stu­dents of the Ali­garh Mus­lim Uni­ver­sity (AMU) on Thurs­day had gath­ered near Kennedy Hall in the cam­pus to hold fu­neral prayers for Wani, fol­low­ing which the var­sity staff and stu­dent union rushed to the spot and tried to stop them, AMU spokesper­son and pro­fes­sor Shafey Kid­wai said.

There was a heated ex­change be­tween the AMU Stu­dents’ Union lead­ers and the Kash­miri stu­dents but they fi­nally moved out of the area, Kid­wai said, adding three Kash­miri stu­dents were sus­pended for try­ing to hold an un­law­ful gath­er­ing.

He said the uni­ver­sity has made it clear that there was zero tol­er­ance for any act which would even re­motely be de­scribed as anti-na­tional.

AMUSU pres­i­dent Faizul Hasan told PTI that he had al­ways cham­pi­oned the cause of free­dom of speech but any act of trea­son or ter­ror was un­ac­cept­able to the union.

He said they will not al­low the uni­ver­sity to be de­famed by any per­son who in­dulges in such un­law­ful ac­tiv­ity.

Mean­while, BJP law­maker from Ali­garh Satish Gau­tam said those try­ing to hold a prayer meet­ing for Wani at the AMU cam­pus should be ex­pelled.

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