No question of closing case: SSP Meerut

Srinagar: Even as sedition charges have been dropped against the 67 Kashmiri students who were suspended by a private university in Uttar Pradesh for having supported Pakistan’s cricket team in a game against India, investigations into the case will go on as the students remain booked for “causing disharmony” and for “mischief”, the police said Saturday.

According to Onkar Singh, Superintendent of police (SSP) Meerut, where the Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) is located, the case has not been closed and the investigations were still in progress.

“We’ll act as per the law. The investigations into the case will go on. There is no question to close the case. The law will take its own course,” Singh was quoted as saying by Srinagar-based news agency GNS.

The 67 students were booked by police under Sections 124 (a), 153 (a), and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). An FIR (no. 113/2014) was registered against them reportedly on the university’s complaint. The uproar in Kashmir Valley and subsequent intervention of the J&K government resulted in the police dropping the sedition charges. They, however, continue to face charges under IPC sections 153 (a) and 427 for “causing disharmony” and for “mischief”, respectively.

The two charges can be detrimental to the career of the students, according to legal experts.

Meanwhile, an official of All India Centre for Urban and Rural Development (AICURD) said the suspended students will be joining the institute after Holi.

Rabia Baji, chairperson AICURD, which facilitates the admission of Kashmiri students in professional colleges in Indian states under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme, told GNS over phone from Meerut that she has sorted out the issue with the university administration.

She claimed cases against the students have been dropped after university officials withdrew their complaint against the students. “I met the Vice-Chancellor of the University and urged them to take all the steps for the welfare of the students. The university has withdrawn the complaint. There are no cases against Kashmir students now,” she claimed, adding “Some people tried to draw political mileage from this issue. No political party should play with the career of the students.”