Agra court extends judicial custody of 3 Kashmiri students

A group of Kashmiri students protest over rising attacks on Kashmiri students outside valley. [File Photo]

Agra: A local court in Agra has extended the judicial custody of three Kashmiri students, who were arrested for allegedly cheering Pakistan’s victory and sharing pro-Pakistan posts after the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match, till December 20.

The trio named Arsheed Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh, and Showkat Ahmed Ghani, are the students of Raja Balwant Singh Engineering College in Agra.

They were booked under section 153 A (promoting enmity between religious groups), 505 (1)B of IPC, and section 66F of the IT Act by the Agra police on October 25, a day after the match. Later, section 124 A (sedition) of IPC was also added.

They were heckled when they were being taken to jail and different associations of lawyers in Agra refused to represent them.

Meanwhile, the Allahabad high court has fixed December 10 as the next date of hearing into the students’ petition, seeking transfer of the case from Agra to Mathura.

The petition seeking transfer of the case was filed by Mathura-based lawyer Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi raising concerns over the “security” of his clients who were attacked on the court premises, earlier.

Advocate Chaturvedi- also fighting the case of PhD scholar Atiq-ur Rehman, Masood Ahmad and Mohammad Alam, all booked under UAPA Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) after they were arrested alongside journalist Siddique Kappan on their way to meet the family of the young woman in Hathras, who was gangraped and killed by a group of Hindu men- is legally defending the Kashmiri students after lawyers in Agra refused to provide legal assistance to them.


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