Agra Court Extends Remand Of Kashmiri Students

SRINAGAR: An Agra court extended the judicial custody remand of three Kashmiri students, who were arrested for allegedly cheering Pakistan’s victory and sharing pro-Pakistan posts after the India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match, till December 7.

The three — Arsheed Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh, and Showkat Ahmed Ghani — are students of the Raja Balwant Singh Engineering College in Agra.

They were booked under section 153 A (promoting enmity between religious groups), 505 (1)B of IPC, and section 66F of the IT Act by the Agra police on October 25, a day after the match. Later, section 124 A (sedition) of IPC was also added. They were heckled when they were being taken to jail and different associations of lawyers in Agra refused to represent them.

The Allahabad high court has, meanwhile, fixed December 10 as the next date of hearing into the students’ petition, seeking transfer of the case from Agra to Mathura. The petition seeking transfer of the case was filed by Mathura-based lawyer Madhuvan Dutt Chaturvedi raising concerns over the “security” of his clients who were attacked on the court premises, earlier.

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