KU students march in solidarity with AMU students

Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 15 2018

The students of Kashmir University, Hazratbal on Monday staged a protest march in solidarity with Kashmiri students in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) facing “harassment” over funeral prayers for scholar-turned-militant Mannan Wani.

Reports said the students from various departments took out a march and assembled outside the Humanities Block where they raised pro-freedom slogans.

One of the students, who took part in the protest, said they have organised the peaceful march to protest the killing of Mannan Wani and to express solidarity with AMU students who are facing harassment in the AMU campus for trying to offer funeral prayer in absentia for Wani.

They protesting students were also carrying banners with pictures of former KU faculty member-turned-militant Dr Rafi Bhat, who was killed during a gun fight in March earlier this year.

Kashmiri students studying at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped.

In a letter to AMU vice-chancellor, AMU students union former vice-president Sajjad Rathar said, “If this vilification does not stop, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley on October 17 as a last option.”

The three Kashmiris students were booked for trying to hold funeral prayers in absentia for Mannan Wani who quit pursuing his PhD at the varsity and joined militant ranks in January this year.

Wani was killed in a gunfight with the forces last week.