October 2018 News

AMU Suspends 3 Kashmiri Students For Offering Funeral Prayers For Mannan

12 October 2018

Aligarh: Three Kashmiri students of the AMU were suspended after they tried to offer funeral prayers in absentia for PhD scholar-turned Hizbul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in a gunbattle with forces in Handwara area of north Kashmir yesterday. Some Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Thursday had gathered near Kennedy Hall in the campus to hold funeral prayers for Mannani, following which the varsity staff and student union rushed to the spot and tried to stop them, AMU spokesperson and Professor Shafey Kidwai said 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 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' was unacceptable to the union. He said they would 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 Mannan at the AMU campus should be expelled. The 27-year-old Mannan, 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.