The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik intervened in the AMU sedition row. On Tuesday, he discussed the matter with the union minister for human resource development Prakash Javadekar and sought his intervention to “ensure smooth studies” of Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University or even in other universities.
Earlier, the university varsity had issued sedition notice to three Kashmiri scholars for organizing the funeral for Dr Manan Wani in Absentia. Wani, a PhD scholar from the AMU had died in a gunfight earlier in Shatgund village of Kupwara of northern Kashmir on Thursday. He survived nine months after quitting the varsity to join the militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
As per officials, the governor urged Javadekar and Prof Tariq to ensure that the issue is resolved at the earliest and that there is no disruption of studies of the Kashmiri students. Meanwhile, the J&K students at AMU have held a protest demonstration against the sedition charges. The protesting students also submitted a memorandum to the varsity authorities, saying if the sedition charges were not withdrawn, more than 1,200 J&K students would leave the campus on October 17.
The students of Kashmir University also marched in solidarity with the AMU students and appealed the VC to revoke the suspension of three Kashmiri scholars. Along with that, the Kashmiri students of JNU, Jamia Milia, Central University of Gujarat and other universities also extended their support and solidarity with the AMU students. Earlier, the Kashmiri students at AMU had clarified that they had no organised any funeral prayer for Manan Wani near the Kennedy Hall.
Meanwhile, the additional director general of UP police (law and order) Anand Kumar, said that the suspension of two Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University has been revoked. He said that no student will be hounded or arrested. “We will take the account of students into consideration and if they have not done any wrong, we will definitely drop the charges against them,” he said.