TDN World Desk: 1,200 students stood in unison with demand to revoke sedition charges filed against three fellow students on ground of allegedly riaising “anti-India” slogans and trying to organise a funeral prayer in absentia for Hizb ul Mujahideen commander Manan Bashir Wani, a former Phd scholar under AMU, on October 12.

According to NDTV report, Vice President of AMU Sajjad Rathar brought accusation of vilification against them.And also said if this doesn’t stop over 1,200 students will leave the University and set for home in Kashmir valley on October 17 as a last alternative.

“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”, said Sajjad Rathar, the former Vice President of AMU students union in a leech addressed to AMU vice-chancellor.

Sajjad Rathar claims that on that day Namaz-e-Janaza (funeral prayer meeting) was left off as permission was denied by the administration. “If no prayer meeting was held as confirmed by all official agencies, the slapping a case of sedition against three Kashmiri students is simply a vendetta, harassment and denial of justice”, he added.

MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi raised his concern over the issue and appealed to AMU vice chancellor, teachers , Home Ministry to take the matter seriously and solve the issue. “It is very unfortunate that students are wanting to leave midway. AMU VC, teachers,HM Rajnath Singh and MHA officials should solve this issue.I hope this will be taken seriously”, ANI quoted him.

Mehbooba Mufti, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir also urged centre to intervene and withdraw cases and also asked AMU authorities to retract the suspension order. He also urged other state governments about their moral duty to become sensitive over the issue and not to prevent their alienation. “Pushing youth to the wall will be counter productive.Centre must intervene in withdrawing cases against students & AMU authorities must revoke their suspension. The respective State governments outside JK should be sensitive to the situation & prevent further alienation”, she tweeted on Monday.

She also defended the students right to remembering their former colleagues in prayer and said that Manan Bashir Wani was ‘a victim of relentless violence in Kashmir’. “It will be a travesty to punish them for remembering their former colleague who was a victim of relentless violence in Kashmir”, she said in a second Twitter thread.

Zafaryab Jilani, the Secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) on Tuesday accused the BJP of magnifying the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) controversy to an artificial height. “Just because they were talking out Namaz-e-Janaja,they can’t be considered anti-national. May be they are friends with Mannan Wani. He was a student here (AMU). It can be an offence and for that police registered a case, but it shouldn’t be viewed as if all Kashmiri students are against the nation”, Jilani told news agency ANI on Tuesday.

He also took cue of BJP’s communal stands saying, “When it comes to Aligarh Muslim University, BJP makes a mountain out of a molehill. Students should be seen as students. If they make a mistake, it should be viewed as mistake by a student that is what the university is doing”.