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Mannan Wani killing: AMU suspends 3 Kashmiri students

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University on Friday suspended three Kashmiri students after a video in which some students were seen raising slogans in support of slain terrorist Mannan Wani, began going viral on social media. The authorities also issued notices to at least eight other students who allegedly demonstarted in support of Wani.

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The 27-year-old Wani, who quit PhD studies in Allied Geology and joined the militant ranks in January this year, was killed at Shatgund village in Handwara area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district during the encounter a day before.

In the video the strudents were seen raising slogans of 'Lekar Rahenge Azaadi' during a protest demonstration near the Kennedy Hall of the University.

Some Kashmiri students of the AMU had gathered near Kennedy Hall in the campus to hold funeral prayers for Wani, following which the varsity staff and student union rushed to the spot and tried to stop them, AMU spokesperson and Professor Shafey Kidwai said on Friday.
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"Earlier there was a heated exchange between the AMU Students' Union leaders and the Kashmiri students but they finally moved out of the area. The university has made it clear that there will be zero tolerance for any act, which would even remotely be described as anti-national,"Kidwai added.

AMUSU president Faizul Hasan said that he had always championed the cause of freedom of speech but any act of treason or terror was unacceptable to the union. He said they will not allow the university to be defamed by any person, who indulges in any unlawful activity.

Meanwhile, BJP lawmaker from Aligarh Satish Gautam said those trying to hold a prayer meeting for Wani at the AMU campus should be expelled.

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