SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday described Hizbul Mujahideen militant Manan Bashir Wani, who was killed in a gun-battle with government forces, as a “victim of relentless violence in Kashmir”.
The PDP president said this while demanding withdrawal of cases against three Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students from the Valley who were booked after they allegedly tried to hold a prayer meeting for Wani on Friday.
“It will be a travesty to punish them (students) for remembering their former colleague (Wani) who was a victim of relentless violence in Kashmir,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.
Twenty-seven-year-old Wani, who was pursing a PhD course in allied geology at the AMU, had quit the university and joined militant ranks in January.
The three Kashmiri students were booked for sedition for allegedly raising “anti-India” slogans and trying to hold a prayer meeting for the Hizbul ‘commander’, a day after he was killed in a gun battle with government forces in north Kashmir’s Handwara area.
Mehbooba also asked the Government of India (GoI) to intervene in the matter.
“Pushing youth to the wall will be counterproductive. Centre must intervene in withdrawing cases against students & AMU authorities must revoke their suspension,” she said in another post on Twitter.
The former chief minister said state governments outside Jammu and Kashmir should be sensitive to the situation and prevent further alienation.
In the wake of the suspension of the three Kashmiri students, more than 1,200 students from Jammu and Kashmir studying at the varsity have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against the three were not dropped.