Kashmiri Students in AMU, India booked under sedition charges

Kashmiri Students in AMU, India booked under sedition charges

SRINAGAR - Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU were booked on sedition charges. Three Kashmiri students of the university were booked Friday for sedition for allegedly raising "anti-India" slogans and trying to hold a prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in an encounter in north Kashmir Thursday.

Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, the MLA from north Kashmir's Langate constituency, along with supporters of his Awami Ittehad Party (AIP)took out a protest march from his official residence at Jawahar Nagar area towards Lal Chowk city centre, a party spokesman said.

He said the protestors were shouting slogans in favour of the students of the AMU "who are being harassed constantly for offering in absentia funeral prayers of Hizb commander Manan Wani".

The spokesman said as the march reached near the Zero Bridge in the Rajbagh area, policemen stopped the protestors and took the AIP chief into custody. Talking to reporters before the march, Rasheed said offering funeral prayers for anyone, including Wani, was not a crime "but a fundamental religious obligation".