22 Kashmiri students of AMU booked for anti-CAA protests

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The police on Friday booked 22 Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students of Jammu and Kashmir for “instigating and participating in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests” in Aligarh.

The students were booked for protests and blocking an important link road in the district, a police officer was quoted saying by the Hindustan Times.

As per the report, the protest had started on 24 February, a day after clashes between protesters and the police, in the Jeevangarh area of Aligarh. The FIR was lodged on Friday night.

The report added, quoting the circle officer Anil Samania 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,” said the CO.

Registrar of AMU Abdul Hamid said, “The university administration will take suitable action against the students after reviewing evidence and information provided against them by the police.”

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.

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