NEW DELHI — The Uttar Pradesh Police in Aligarh could not find any proof of sedition in the early investigation against the 14 students of AMU who were charged with sedition on Wednesday, according to reports.
The students including the university’s students’ union chief, were charged after a local BJP leader Mukesh Kumar Lodi filed a police complaint alleging that the students had indulged in violence and shouted anti-India slogans outside the main gate of the institution the previous day.
An AMU spokesman said a TV channel team, which had come to cover the reported visit of AIMIM chief Asad Uddin Owaisi, had an altercation with some students while they were filming inside the campus, reports PTI.
The spokesman said the channel had not sought permission from authorities for live coverage and when university staff pointed this out, there was a heated exchange in which some students were also involved.
ABVP activists staged a protest near the Faiz Gate of the university after some media reports claimed the AIMIM leader was invited to address a function organised by the AMU Students’ Union on Tuesday.
They demanded that he be banned from entering the campus. Mr Owaisi, however, did not turn up.
A complaint was also filed by some Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, who alleged that they were beaten up near the Faiz Gate and a motorcycle, belonging to one of them, was set on fire.
In his complaint to the police Mukesh Kumar Lodi had alleged that he and his associates were shot at and assaulted by AMU students outside the campus main gate because their motorcycles sported BJP stickers.
He also accused the students of shouting slogans favouring Pakistan over India in the course of the violence. The police, however, said the video submitted by the complainant does not show the students raising objectionable slogans, reports NDTV.
The charges will be dropped against the students if there is no evidence to back the claim, the police said.
A large group of students of the university had also gathered on Wednesday at Bab-e-Syed Gate, demanding the suspension of Ajay Singh, a prominent ABVP leader who is a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Law for his alleged role in the incident.
He is the grandson of BJP MLA Dalvir Singh.