AMU suspends 3 students for offering funeral prayers in absentia after Hizb commander Mannan Wani’s death
The Aligarh Muslim University on Thursday suspended three Kashmiri students, who tried to offer ‘Janaje ki Namaz’ following the death of former research scholar-turned Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Mannan Wani, in an operation by the Army’s 30 Rashtriya Rifles in Kupwara of Kashmir earlier in the day.
Confirming the move, proctor of the university Mohsin Khan said, “The three Kashmiri students were suspended as they violated the university’s discipline and rules and indulged in unlawful assembly. Four other students who supported the namaz will be issued a show cause notice. The students and their academic details are being identified. Anti-national activities will not be tolerated in the university campus.”
Around 15 Kashmiri students gathered at Kennedy Hall allegedly for performing the namaz, which is offered in memory of the dead, after Wani’s death was reported. Wani was pursuing a doctorate in geology at AMU when he joined the militant outfit earlier this year.
Former president of AMU Students’ Union Faizul Hassan also arrived at the spot and requested the students not to perform the namaz for Wani. “I opposed their decision. I told them if they want to do this, they should go to Kashmir as such activities defame the university. I have never supported terrorists and never will,” said Hassan.
“The university had already expelled Wani, so none of the students have had any contact with him. Wani chose that path and was punished for it, “Hassan added.
While condemning Wani’s decision to join the rank of Hizbul Mujahideen, AMUSU president Maskoor Ahmad Usmani said, “The government should, however, discover the reasons why such a bright research scholar quit studies and joined the terror outfit. Maybe he thought that this was the only way to convey his message? The government should take this matter seriously so that no other youth or student thinks of taking such a step. If he was a terrorist, we have no sympathies for him.”