1,200 Kashmiri students threaten to quit AMU en masse on October 17

AGRA: In a new twist to the ongoing controversy at AMU after the killing of former scholar-turned-Hizbul Militant Mannan Wani in an encounter in north Kashmir, Kashmiri students on Saturday threatened to quit the university en masse on October 17 if the sedition charges, suspensions and show-cause notices issued to students involved in the events over the past two days were not withdrawn. They also accused the university of indulging in a “vilification” campaign against Kashmiri students.

The students threatened that besides quitting en masse, more than 1,200 other students would surrender their degrees in October 17, which coincides with the birth anniversary of university’s founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. Over the past two days, the university has suspended two students and issued show-cause notice to seven others for their involvement in sloganeering and other objectionable activities.

A letter signed by AMU students’ union’s vice-president Sajjad Subham Rathar, who is a Kashmiri student, stated, “We, the 1,200 students, will surrender our degrees and leave for our homes for reasons of safety and security. All the responsibility in that case will be of the university and local administration.”

Referring to the IPC sections and issuance of show-cause notice and suspensions by university, the letter reads, “Imposing such sections is to threaten Kashmiri students that is a cause of concern. We cannot stay on the campus with the burden of these fabricated charges.” The students reiterated that the sit-in of Kashmiri students was within the legal framework and students had dispersed peacefully.

The letter, addressed to the proctor, stated, “We are feeling threatened and our career development is under stake in such fearful circumstances.”

Meanwhile, a video of Rather, in which he can be heard accusing university’s proctor of instigating other students to thrash their Kashmiri counterparts, has gone viral on social media.

Wani was pursuing a doctorate in geology at AMU when he joined the militant outfit earlier this year. He was killed in an operation by the Army’s 30 Rashtriya Rifles in Kupwara of Kashmir on Thursday.

Scorce : TOI

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