SRINAGAR – At least 22 Kashmiri students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have been booked by police for instigating and participating in last week’s anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the Aligarh city of north Indian state.
According to New Delhi based Hindustan Times, police filed a case on Friday night against the students for allegedly participating in the protest and blocking an important link road in the district.
The protest started on February 24, a day after clashes between protesters and the police, in the Jeevangarh area of Aligarh.
The newspaper quoted Circle officer Anil Samania as saying “The FIR was lodged on the complaint of the local police outpost in-charge against one Mohd. Athar, who is a former students’ union member of AMU and 21 others. They have been booked for inciting violence, obstructing work of government officials and other sections of the Indian Penal Code. The students are known to be residents of Jammu and Kashmir.”
“The students of AMU were found to be arranging pamphlets, food and illegally transporting people for the protest in Jeevangarh,” Samania added
Registrar of AMU Abdul Hamid told the newspaper that the university administration will take suitable action against the students after reviewing evidence and information provided against them by the police.
The HT report further said that the sit-in has forced the district administration to block approach roads to the link road to ensure law and order. Aligarh district administration has not given permission for the protest and has called it illegal, the report added.
Police had earlier booked seven AMU students in another FIR lodged in connection with the protest.
Aligarh, located 162 kilometres from the national capital, witnessed clashes between police and anti-CAA protesters on February 23.