Mehbooba speaks to MHA about Kashmiri students in JNU row, says it ‘sends negative message’

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Srinagar: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti has taken up the issue of JNU Sedition case with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as the chargesheet also accuses seven Kashmiri students in the row.

Seven Kashmiri students have been named for having involvement in running anti-national campaign and slogans in the varsity on the day, along with Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar, former JNUSU President.

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A senior PDP leader said that Mufti spoke to Singh about the names of Kashmiri students in the chargesheet and how the case could turn the situation in Kashmir volatile.

She had taken up the issue with Singh, asking him to reconsider the case as the implication of the case may harm the career of the students. “The government of India must see the matter as it is sending negative message to the youth of Kashmir,” the leader quoted Mufti telling Singh.

He also added that Mufti has asked for Central government’s intervention into the case so that Kashmiri students are not made targets in the sedition that could spill over to the Valley.

“Earlier, when the JNU row happened Mehbooba Mufti as chief minister had rigorously followed up the issue with the central government as it involved Kashmiri students,” the party leader said.

On 9 February 2016, in Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, a remembrance meeting was held for the 2013 execution of Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri convicted of conspiring in an attack on Parliament in 2001. The meeting led to the minor clashes between the students and the pro-Hindutva groups leading to filing of a sedition case.