Ali­garh cops seek help from Kash­mir po­lice

De­tails of 2 stu­dents who raised anti­na­tional slo­gans sought

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AGRA: The Ali­garh po­lice have writ­ten to their coun­ter­parts in Kash­mir to ver­ify de­tails of the two Kash­miri stu­dents of the Ali­garh Mus­lim Univer­sity (AMU) booked for sedi­tion on Fri­day.

The duo was ac­cused of rais­ing anti-na­tional slo­gans on the var­sity cam­pus on Thurs­day dur­ing a prayer meet­ing al­legedly or­gan­ised in the mem­ory of Hizbul Mu­jahideen mil­i­tant, Man­nan Wani, killed in an Army op­er­a­tion in Kash­mir.

The Ali­garh po­lice have also con­sti­tuted a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT), headed by a gazetted of­fi­cer, for prob­ing the mat­ter. The team has sought CCTV footage of the al­leged prayer meet­ing and the slo­ga­neer­ing that took place at the gath­er­ing from the AMU ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In ad­di­tion, late on Fri­day evening, the AMU ad­min­is­tra­tion sus­pended Kash­miri stu­dents Wasim Ay­oub Ma­lik, Ph D scholar in bio­chem­istry depart­ment, and Ab­dul Haseeb Mir, Ph D scholar in his­tory depart­ment, af­ter they were booked for sedi­tion at the Civil Lines po­lice sta­tion.

The univer­sity au­thor­i­ties have also is­sued show cause no­tices to seven other Kash­miri stu­dents for ‘mis­con­duct’ and ‘in­dis­ci­pline’. They have been given 48 hours to re­ply.

Be­sides, the var­sity has also con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing two deputy proc­tors and the as­sis­tant regis­trar, for in­quir­ing into the de­tails of the prayer meet­ing.

“The com­mit­tee will probe into mat­ters re­lated to the prayer meet­ing and will also study the CCTV footage. It will sub­mit its re­port within 72 hours,” said AMU spokesper­son Shafey Kid­wai. Mean­while, calm pre­vailed on AMU cam­pus on Satur­day.

“Classes went on as usual. Prepa­ra­tions are also on for the ‘Sir Syed Day’ and the alumni meet ahead,” said Kid­wai, adding, “On its part, the univer­sity has sus­pended Wasim Ay­oub Ma­lik and Ab­dul Haseeb Mir af­ter they were booked for sedi­tion.” Ma­lik and Mir were among the stu­dents who had at­tempted to or­gan­ise ‘na­maz-e-janaza’ (fu­neral prayer) for Wani on Thurs­day. Kid­wai said the show cause no­tices served by the AMU proc­tor to seven other stu­dents men­tioned that the “in­ci­dent on Thurs­day” had cre­ated an at­mo­sphere of fear and un­cer­tainty on cam­pus and had tar­nished the univer­sity’s im­age.

MAT­TER SEN­SI­TIVE, SAYS SP (CITY)

Su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (city) Atul Ku­mar Sri­vas­tava said that con­sid­er­ing the sen­si­tiv­ity of the mat­ter, no ar­rests had been made as yet and the case was be­ing probed. “SSP Ali­garh has con­sti­tuted an SIT headed by the cir­cle of­fi­cer of Civil Lines San­jeev Dixit. We have asked the Kash­mir po­lice in writ­ing to in­form us of de­tails about the stu­dents charged with sedi­tion, as they be­long to Kash­mir,” he told HT on Satur­day.

“We have also sought CCTV footage from the AMU ad­min­is­tra­tion to find out about the in­volve­ment of other stu­dents in rais­ing anti-na­tional slo­gans. It is a sen­si­tive mat­ter re­lated to an aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

Wani was a re­search scholar in the ge­ol­ogy depart­ment of AMU. He was rus­ti­cated from the var­sity in Jan­uary af­ter it was re­vealed that he had joined Hizbul Mu­ja­hedeen for ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in Kash­mir.

SSP Ali­garh Ajay Ku­mar Sahni had said ear­lier, “A ter­ror­ist was shot down in an en­counter with the Army in J&K and there were re­ports about a prayer meet­ing be­ing held for him.”

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