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JNU SEDITION CASE: JRL demands withdrawal of charges against Kashmiri students.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Tuesday strongly denounced filing of a chargesheet by the Delhi police against seven Kashmiri students in the 2016 Jawaharlal Nehru University sedition case.

In a statement, a JRL spokesman said the charges will have “serious consequences on academic and future career of the students and should be immediately withdrawn”.

The Delhi police on Monday filed the chargesheet naming former JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and seven Kashmiri students as accused in the case.

“The students only participated in a programme organised by the JNU students’ union in 2016 to condemn the undemocratic act of the government of India under which it hanged a son of the soil Muhammad Afzal Guru in Tihar jail under shadowy circumstances, without even informing his family members and in contravention to all established norms and rules,” the statement read, adding: “To book the students in 2019 clearly exhibits vote-bank politics of the ruling dispensation. To harass Kashmiri students pursuing studies outside Jammu and Kashmir is not a new practice. Earlier in many universities and colleges, Kashmiri students have been harassed and even beaten up, forcing them to drop the studies halfway and return home”.

“On the one hand, worst kinds of atrocities are being unleashed on the people of Kashmir and on the other, the career of Kashmiri students studying outside the state is being ruined on one pretext or the other,” the JRL said, urging the international human rights organisations like ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International “and other humanity-loving nations to take serious notice of these nefarious practices carried out to ruin the careers of the Kashmiri students”.

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