After Hindutva leader’s complaint, two Kashmiri students booked in Aligarh for writing on social media

Srinagar: Two Kashmiri students Saqib Rasool Bhat and Sheikh Arfat has been booked by the police after a complaint by Deepak Sharma Azad, who has identified himself as a Hindutva leader and a member of Akhand Bharat Hindu Sena.

Police said the two are students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

University authorities have disassociated themselves saying that while the two were AMU students last year and that it needs to be checked whether they enrolled in the current session.

The case was lodged at Atrauli police station on Wednesday under IPC sections 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 153-B (Imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration).

The police have also invoked the Information Technology Act against the accused.

The two are now in Kashmir.

AMU public relations in-charge M Shafey Kidwai has said Saqib and Sheikh were students of the university last year, but it needs to be checked if they enrolled this year. “As the university is closed, details are yet to be verified. If they are students, action would be taken against them,” said Kidwai.


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