Sedition charges against 2 AMU students for raising anti-national slogans

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Two Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) scholars Wasim Ayub Malik and Abdul Haseeb Mir from Jammu and Kashmir were booked for sedition on October 12 for allegedly raising anti-national slogans during a prayer meeting held in memory of Mannan Wani, AMU research scholar turned Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was killed in Handwara encounter in Kashmir.

Aligarh SSP Ajay Kumar Sahni said both students Malik and Mir are research scholars pursuing PhD from the Biochemistry and History departments of the varsity.

Videos showed a prayer meeting (namaz-e-janaja) being held by Malik, Mir and others on the AMU campus in memory of Wani.

SSP Sahni further said that in one of the videos, some people in the prayer meeting are seen raising anti-national slogans, including those seeking ‘azadi’, following which they both have been charged under section 124A (sedtion) of the IPC along with other charges that include rioting and promoting enmity.

SSP added, “Wasim Ayub Malik and Abdul Haseeb Mir are named while there are others unidentified but involved in raising anti-national slogans. Video is being examined so that others involved are identified.”