India: 14 AMU students booked for sedition after protests on campus
February 28, 2019, 10:27 am
Fourteen Aligarh Muslim University students, including their union chief, were booked under sedition charges after protests on the campus following reports of a planned visit by AIMIM lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi Â– who has previously been accused offor promoting enmity among religious groups among other sections in connection with an alleged hate speech which he delivered in 2014.
On Tuesday, some AMU students allegedly had an altercation with a TV channel crew which had come to film Mr. Owaisi’s visit that ultimately did not take place, they said.
BJYM activist complains
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) members held a separate demonstration against the visit, demanding that the MP should be banned from the campus.
The students were booked under sedition charges after a complaint was filed by BJYM activist Mukesh Lodhi, alleging that he was assaulted amid chants of pro-Pakistan slogans by some students, the police said.
Protesting against the police action, a “class boycott” call has been given by the students’ union. The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the booking of the students under sedition charges. Teachers urged President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the university’s Visitor, to take suo motu cognisance of this action of the State government.
Update: On 22 February 2019 The sedition charge against 14 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students has been dropped, the police said today, adding there was no evidence to support the allegation that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised in the campus last week.