Sedition charges against Kashmiri students meant to stifle free speech: Jama’at

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Srinagar: Jama’at-e-Islami on Thursday demanded withdrawal of sedition charges against seven Kashmiri students, and said it is meant to stifle free speech.
The Delhi police on Monday filed the charge sheet naming former JNU student leaders and seven Kashmiri students as accused in the case.
“Filing of this case against seven Kashmiri students and others is nothing but dictatorial act quite against the basic principles of democracy,” the spokesperson stated.
He said the government should withdraw all the charges against these students immediately “to uphold the basic principles of democracy.”
The statement further said that Jama’at demanded unconditional shifting of all Kashmiri detainees languishing in outside jails to the jails of the valley.
“So far scores of innocent youth and pro-freedom leaders including Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi and her two colleagues Nahida Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi are languishing in Tihar jail and are being tried by the special courts which usually follow not the principles of justice but the directions of the agencies,” it added.
The statement further said: “The valley looks like a concentration camp where the civil population is manned by the forces and every law being is being violated.”
The government has devised a policy “to harass and intimidate people under one pretext or the other, thereby depriving them of living a dignified life according to their choice and aspirations”, Jama’at said.