Three Kashmiri students were attacked outside a court in Agra on Thursday. The students, who were recently arrested in Agra, Uttar Pradesh for supporting the Pakistan cricket team during the T20 World Cup match, were roughed up when they were produced in front of a magistrate in the city today, NDTV reported.
Videos from outside the court show a group of men heckling the students and shouting slogans while the police try to escort them to a police vehicle and take them away.
The group can be heard shouting “Pakistan Murdabad” (Down with Pakistan) and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” (Long live India).
Arsheed Yousuf, Altaf Sheikh, and Showkat Ahmed Ganai, engineering students at the Raja Balwant Singh Management Technical Campus in Agra, were charged with promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, and cyber-terrorism.
A tweet from the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s office indicates they may also face sedition charges.
Earlier today, Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, had criticised the “crackdown” and called for the immediate release of the arrested students.
The accused were arrested after a group of activists led by Gaurav Rajawat of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), BJP’s youth wing, barged into the college campus without permission and accused the college administration of “sheltering traitors”.
The college administration had denied allegations of pro-Pakistan slogans being raised in the college but suspended the students for “being involved in (the) indiscipline act of posting status in favour of Pakistan” after the India-Pakistan match.
They had also criticised the right-wing group entering the college and creating a ruckus.