Police have dropped sedition charges slapped against 14 Aligarh Muslim University after the recent protests on the campus, citing lack of evidence.
The students were booked for sedition after Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) district president Mukesh Lodhi alleged he was assaulted by some students who chanted pro-Pakistan slogans, police said.
Aligarh Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari said on February 22 the charges were dropped three days back as there is no evidence to support them.
He said there was no video proof or any other evidence to support the claim that anti-India or pro-Pakistan slogans were raised by the students during the clash between two groups at University Circle on February 12.
The clashes appeared to have been triggered by reports that AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi was visiting the campus. BJYM, the youth wing of the BJP, had demanded that the reported visit should be banned.
There was also an altercation between some AMU students and a news channel’s crew that had come to cover the anticipated visit, which never took place.
Meanwhile, police raided a house in Noida on February 22, looking for Kashmiri student Basim Hilal over a tweet mocking the security forces after the Pulwama terror attack.
They failed to find the student who has already been suspended by the AMU authorities. A case under section IPC 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups) had been registered against him.