Mehbooba demands immediate release of three Kashmiri Students of Agra’s College

Agra : PDP President Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday demanded immediate release of the Kashmiri students who were arrested for uploading WhatsApp status on Pakistan’s Victory in T20 World Cup Match.

Three Kashmiri students were allegedly arrested for celebrating Pakistan’s victory in ongoing T20 World Cup. The students were arrested at Agra on Wednesday. Those celebrating Pakistan’s win will be charged with sedition, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office tweeted this morning. All three are engineering students at the Raja Balwant Singh College in Agra. Arsheed Yousuf and Inayat Altaf Sheikh are in their third year of college, and Showkat Ahmed Ganai is in his fourth.

“Crackdown on Kashmiri students both within J&K & outside is reprehensible. Situation in J&K after two years of suppression should’ve been an eye opener for GOI & lead to course correction. BJP’s pseudo patriotism disregards the idea of India. Release these students immediately,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president tweeted.

The former chief minister also tagged a media report quoting Agra college authorities, which claimed that there were no anti-national slogans raised on the campus.

The report also claimed that the college authorities had complained against BJP workers for allegedly “putting pressure on them”.

According to sources, those three students are being charged for promoting enmity. From this celebration they are promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, and cyber-terrorism. They may also face sedition charges, indicated a tweet from the Chief Minister’s office.

The college had already suspended the students on Monday saying they were found “being involved in indiscipline act of posting status in favour of Pakistan” after the India-Pakistan match.

Four more people have been arrested in the state; three in Bareilly and one in Lucknow.

“The incident came to light that after the match, anti-national remarks were made. We received a complaint, and an FIR was lodged. They were arrested after a probe,” Vikas Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Agra City told news agency ANI.


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