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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 6:39 PM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 10:24 PM (IST)

AMU suspends three Kashmiri students for trying to hold prayers for Hizb militant Wani

AMU suspends three Kashmiri students for trying to hold prayers for Hizb militant Wani
Manan Wani. File photo

Aligarh (UP), October 12

Three Kashmiri students of the AMU were suspended after they allegedly tried to hold a prayer meeting for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in north Kashmir, officials said on Friday.

Some Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Thursday had gathered near Kennedy Hall on the campus to hold funeral prayers for Wani, following which the university staff and student union leaders rushed to the spot and tried to stop them, AMU spokesperson and Professor Shafey Kidwai said on Friday.

There was a heated exchange between the AMU Students’ Union leaders and the Kashmiri students but they finally moved out of the area, Kidwai said, adding that three Kashmiri students were suspended for trying to hold an unlawful gathering.

He said the university has made it clear that there was zero tolerance for any act, which would even remotely be described as anti-national.

AMUSU president Faizul Hasan told PTI that he had always championed the cause of freedom of speech but any act of treason or terror was unacceptable to the union.

He said they will not allow the university to be defamed by any person who indulges in such unlawful activity.

Meanwhile, BJP lawmaker from Aligarh Satish Gautam said those trying to hold a prayer meeting for Wani on the AMU campus should be expelled.

The 27-year-old Wani, who quit PhD studies in Allied Geology and joined the militant ranks in January this year, was killed at Shatgund village in Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district during the encounter on Thursday. PTI

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