The 67 Kashmiri students from SVS University in Meerut who were charged with sedition for cheering for Pakistan in the Asia Cup match on Sunday were hit with sedition charges under sections 124A, 153 and 427 of the IPC. But after outrage, the charges were dropped by the Uttar Pradesh government.
People's Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look into it, while Pakistan waded into the controversy on Thursday and said its "heart and academic institutions were open" for the students.
But Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reacted to the incident and called on Uttar Pradesh's government to act on the matter while stating that the students needed right guidance.
A case of sedition was registered under section 124 (a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown students of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University on Wednesday.
Meerut Police have registered a case of sedition against the 67 Kashmiri students of Meerut's Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU) who allegedly celebrated the victory of Pakistan over India in a cricket match on Saturday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders met the university's vice chancellor Dr Manzoor Ahmad and management officials demanding stern action against the students who praised Pakistan.
A group of students associated with youth wing of the safforn party also burnt the effigy of the vice chancellor while students in CCS University took out Ahmad's staged funeral procession inside the premises blaming him.
During the match, a group of Kashmiri students allegedly celebrated Pakistan's victory over India and a few of them shouted slogan "Pakistan Zindabad". Their act triggered tension in the university as different groups of students got involved in a fight.
The university management initiated a three-tier inquiry and questioned other Kashmiri students in the premises. But they did not name others leading to suspension of all 67 students from Kashmir.
The suspended students were asked to vacate the hostel and go back to their homes in Jammu and Kashmir.
As per legal experts, those who are supporting the errant students by hiding their names can be charged with conspiracy under section 120 (b).
The registration of case under 124(a) will block the possibility of revoking the suspension of students who have been pursuing courses in technology, law and business administration in the university.
Due to pressure built up on the UP administration, principal secretary AK Gupta said that the sedition charges may have been dropped.
While many feel that the move can jeapordise students, other students call it a poll gimmick done by parties as election season nears.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign office sent out a release welcoming students to their universities as per News Tribe.
" Our hearts and educational institutions are open for all Kashmiri students who were suspended and charged with sedition for celebrating Pakistan’s victory, said spokesperson of Foreign Office Pakistan.