Kashmiri students defer decision to leave AMU en masse

Students protesting outside Aligarh Muslim University (Photo: DNA)

The Varsity exonerated both students saying “no credible information of their participation”

Kashmiri students at the Aligarh Muslim University have deferred their decision to surrender their degrees and leave the campus en masse, on Wednesday, following revocation of the suspension order of the two students by the varsity.

The suspension order was revoked Tuesday night after a three-member enquiry panel set up by the varsity exonerated Waseem Ayyub Malik and Abdul Haseeb Mir, saying no credible evidence of their participation in any unlawful assembly in the varsity campus was found.

They were suspended on Friday for allegedly participating in an aborted Namaaz-e-Janaza (prayer meeting) in the university campus for a slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant, Manan Bashir Wani. Malik and Meer, besides one unknown person, were also booked by the police on sedition charges for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans.

Mannan Bashir Wani, a PhD scholar at Aligarh Muslim University who joined Hizbul Mujahideen in January, 2018. (Photo: Facebook)

Wani was a PhD Scholar studying Applied Geology at AMU, had joined militant ranks early this year and was known for various letters that he penned down reasoning why he took up arms. In a letter, Wani had stated how young educated Kashmiris, who have little or no sources of income, are now resorting to joining militancy to raise their voice against the government.

Meanwhile, former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju, who is currently abroad, has made an emotional appeal to the Kashmiri students studying at the AMU, urging them not to be “carried away by emotions and abandon their promising futures”.

“I wish to send my greetings to Kashmiri students since my DNA is same as theirs. They must not get disheartened by the recent unfortunate turn of events,” Katju told PTI.