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No evidence against AMU students booked for sedition: Police

Police had booked 14 students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for offenses, including sedition on Feb 12

Friday February 22, 2019 11:05 PM, ummid.com News Network

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Aligarh: Uttar Pradesh Police Friday said that they found no evidence to support the claim that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus and dropped the sedition charges against the students.

"The sedition charges against AMU students were dropped three days back as there is no evidence to support them", Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said.

"There is no videographic proof or any other evidence to support the claim that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised by these boys on February 12", he reiterated.

Police had booked 14 students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for offenses, including sedition, after a confrontation on February 12 with a reporter of a television channel notorious for its anti-Muslim and pro-government stand.

The AMU students were booked after an FIR was filed by the police based on a complaint by a Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha leader.

The AMU Students Union (AMUSU) had called the FIR “false and fabricated” claiming that the television reporters and “some associates of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entered the campus with malafide intention”.

Altercation between the AMU students and the TV reporters started when some students wrote on social media that the TV crew were referring the institution as a “university of terrorists” in an attempt to elicit a reaction. The university’s security officer said the journalists were filming on campus without permission.

The provocation was not without a response as hundreds of students gathered near the main gate of the university protesting against the TV channel.

"You people have targeted us by naming as the hub of terrorism and here you can see what we're continuing for the character assassination of our institution! We can make our thousands nights sleepless merely to fight back frm such political pre-planned attacks", a students' group wrote on Twitter, tagging the video of the students' protest.

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