Varsity complaint basis of sedition charge against Kashmiri students: Police

MEERUT, June 14: Police here have said that sedition charges against the Kashmiri students of Subharti University had been applied on the basis of a complaint filed by the officials of the institution, a claim which the varsity has rejected.

A report submitted by Meerut DIG K Satyanarayan to the IG, Meerut, states that the sedition charge under Sec 124A of IPC was applied against the students based on the complaint filed by university officials.

But the varsity’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Manzur Ahmed today questioned the DIG’s report and said that university officials had not registered any police case in the matter.

Ahmed said they had merely written to local police seeking an security escort to accompany the Kashmiri students to Delhi after they were suspended by the institution for allegedly supporting the Pakistan cricket team in a match versus India.

Sixty-seven Kashmiri students of the privately-run Swami Vivekanand Subharti University were suspended following the Asia cup tie earlier this year.

The sedition charges against the students were subsequently dropped.

An internal inquiry conducted by the university into the case cleared 57 students but recommended that the remaining 10 be asked to leave the institution for their role in the matter. (PTI)

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