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14 AMU students booked for sedition after protests on campus

A BJYM activist was assaulted amid chants of pro-Pakistan slogans by some students, according to a complaint. File photo  

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, officials said on Wednesday.

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.


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