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No evidence of sedition in AMU case: Aligarh SSP

No evidence of sedition in AMU case: Aligarh SSP
Police personnel deployed on the campus of Aligarh Muslim University in the view of protests after some students were booked on alleged sedition charges, in Aligarh, Friday. (PTI)
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 2/15/2019 12:52:14 PM IST

 Lucknow, Feb 15 (AGENCIES): Two days after Uttar Pradesh Police booked 14 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students, including current and former office-bearers of the student’s union, on sedition charges, the police on Thursday said there is “no prime evidence regarding sedition in this case”.

The development comes after the police investigated video evidence and photographs.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) Aligarh unit president Mukesh Lodhi had alleged that slogans such as “Pakistan Zindabad” and “Bharat Murdabad” were raised on the campus on February 12.

But police said the allegation did not hold ground, and indicated the charges “may be dropped” on “further investigation”. BJYM is the youth wing of BJP.

On Thursday, Aligarh SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary told The Indian Express: “There is no prime evidence regarding sedition in this case. We have identified 17 people, of whom five are outsiders, involved in violence that took place on the campus (on Tuesday). We have forwarded their names to the AMU administration, along with a list of 15 complaints sent by the complainants.” These, he said, will be clubbed into a single FIR after the AMU administration conducts an internal inquiry.

On Thursday, Aligarh SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary told The Indian Express: “There is no prime evidence regarding sedition in this case. We have identified 17 people, of whom five are outsiders, involved in violence that took place on the campus (on Tuesday). We have forwarded their names to the AMU administration, along with a list of 15 complaints sent by the complainants.” These, he said, will be clubbed into a single FIR after the AMU administration conducts an internal inquiry.

Asked why police filed the sedition charge immediately, but took two days to act on complaints by AMU office-bearers and others, Kulhary said, “When sedition allegations were made, we were bound to register an FIR. But in this case, there are 15 complaints. I cannot register 15 FIRs, and communicated this to AMU. We have suggested rustication of the accused.”

The varsity administration said eight students have already been suspended, pending inquiry. “There will be a thorough inquiry. Our university stands for nation-building…,” AMU’s public relations officer Omar Peerzada said.

According to officials, a series of incidents led to Tuesday’s violence. These involve a fight between two BTech students from the same hostel the night before, a meeting of several Muslim outfits at the Social Science faculty conference hall, where AIMIM Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi was to be present, and an altercation with Republic TV new channel’s cameraperson and reporters.

AMU student booked for tweet on Pulwama attack

A student of the Aligarh Muslim University was on Friday booked for allegedly posting an objectionable tweet on the soldiers who died in the Pulwama suicide attack.

Basim Hilal, a mathematics student at the university, allegedly posted on Twitter, “How’s the Jaish? Great Sir,” in apparent reference to a dialogue from the film Uri, which is based on the surgical strikes conducted by the army in 2016.

A case was registered against the student, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, at Civil Lines police station in Aligarh.

SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary said the student has been booked under Section 153A of the IPC, which deals with promoting enimity between different groups, and relevant clauses of the IT Act.

The student has also been suspended from the varsity, said its spokesperson Omar Saleem Peerzad.

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