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UP: Kashmiri students to return to college

Posted on Mar 10 2014 | IBNS

Lucknow, Mar 10 : The 67 Kashmiri students, who were booked for cheering for Pakistan in a cricket match against India, is all set to return to their university in Uttar Pradesh.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Mar 6 expressed his gratitude to Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav for withdrawing the sedition charges on the Kashmiri students in Meerut for celebrating the Pakistani cricket team's win against India.

"Very glad that the UP Police has withdrawn the sedition case against the boys. Grateful to Akhilesh Yadav for his intervention in the case," Abdullah tweeted.

The step was taken following tension and criticisms from all political parties as well as separatists camps in Kashmir Valley.

Earlier in a day, Abdullah condemned the sedition charges that have been levied on the Kashmiristudents who had been expelled from a private university in Uttar Pradesh.

Abdullah questioned the UP government for charging sedition charges against Kashmiri students of a university in the state, who cheered for Pakistan during a cricket match on Saturday. However, he said that what Kashmiri students did was wrong and misguided.

"I believe what the students did was wrong and misguided but they certainly didn't deserve to have charges of sedition slapped against them," Abdullah tweeted.

"Finally while what the boys may have done in Meerut is misguided it certainly isn't illegal, regardless of who them were cheering," he further said.

"The sad fact is that some of these students are recipients of the PM scholarship for Kashmiris. Perhaps They need to introspect," he said in his series of tweets.

He termed the UP government's move as "unacceptable".

"Sedition charge against Kashmiri students is an unacceptably harsh punishment that will ruin their futures and will further alienate them," the J and K Cm weeted.

The J and K chief minister also spoke to his counterpart in UP over the issue.

"Have just spoken to CM UP who has assured me he will personally look in to the matter of the Kashmiri students in Meerut."

Opposition Leader and Chief Mufti Syed met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and told them sedition charges should be withdrawn.

Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut expelled around 67 students from the hostel after they had allegedly supported Pakistan cricket team against India in the Asia Cup match between the two sides Mar 2.

The students were booked under section 124 A (sedition), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 427 (mischief) of IPC after a complaint by University Chancellor PK Garg.

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