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UP takes back sedition charges

UP takes back sedition charges
The police action of booking the students on sedition charges in its FIR, sparked an outrage in Kashmir Valley. J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah slammed the action as uncalled for and an ‘unacceptably harsh punishment’ and said it will ruin the future of the students and further alienate them. He asked the UP government to reverse the decision.

Abdullah spoke to UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who too felt that such action was not warranted against the students who, he said, may have shouted something in excitement without realising its implications. The minimum punishment for a sedition offence is three years and the maximum is life sentence. Late tonight, UP Principal Secretary (Home) Navneet Sehgal said the sedition charge has been withdrawn. Separately, Meerut district authorities ordered a magisterial inquiry into the conduct of the students studying at Swami Vivekananda Subharti University.

‘Charges uncalled for’

Meanwhile, J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday said that slapping of sedition charges against Kashmiri students in Meerut by Uttar Pradesh government for cheering Pakistan team during a cricket match that India lost was’ unacceptably harsh punishment’. ‘I believe what the students did was wrong and misguided but they certainly didn’t deserve to have charges of sedition slapped against them.

I believe the university did what it had to, to control the situation, but this action by the UP government is uncalled for and should be reversed,’ Omar wrote on Twitter.
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