The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) issued a notice to nine students from Kashmir who attempted to arrange a funeral prayer (Namaz-e-Janaza) of the Ph.D. scholar-turned militant Mannan Wani on the varsity campus.
Mannan Bashir Wani was a native of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir and was expelled from Aligarh Muslim University in January 2018 where he was pursuing a Ph.D. Wani was expelled after his photograph was found published on social media with a message claiming that he has joined militant organization Hizbul Mujahideen.
“A three-member committee, including two assistant proctors and a deputy proctor, has also been formed to prepare a report into the matter. An action would be taken against students on the basis of inquiry report,” said AMU’s public relation in-charge, M Shafey Kidwai.
On Thursday, as news of Wani’s death reached AMU, Kashmiri students through social media made a call to students from Kashmir to assemble near the university’s library.
“After coming to know that Kashmiri students are planning to hold ‘namaz-e-janaza’ of Mannan Wani, a group of students including former ex-student rushed near the library. They tried to convince Kashmiri students who were around 50-60 in numbers not to take out the funeral prayer stating it will bring bad reputation to the university. Few students agreed but many were adamant,” said Kidwai.
Following the student’s rigidness to perform the prayer, AMU’s proctoral team had to reach the spot to convince them. Later, internal security guard had to be called who used mild force to disperse the crowd.
“Disciplinary action has been initiated against nine Kashmiri students by issuing notices to them. A three-member committee has been directed to submit report within 72 hours. The committee is presently examining footage of CCTV installed at the AMU campus to identify other students who attempted to take out ‘namaz e janaza’, ” said Kidwai, adding no police case has been filed into the matter.