Family members of B-Tech student Showkat Ganie, who hails from Bandipora in J&K, appealed to the Uttar Pradesh government to forgive him on humanitarian grounds after he was arrested for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans after the India-Pakistan T20 cricket match.
Showkat Ganie, 25, was among three engineering students from Kashmir who were arrested in Agra. The trio have been booked for sedition and remanded in 14-day judicial custody by an Agra court.
The students were also suspended by the private college where they studied after a police complaint was filed against them by local BJP leaders.
The students have been booked under IPC Section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups), 505 (1)(B) (with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public) and Section 66 F of the Information Technology Act, the police said.
Mohammad Shaban Ganie, a labourer by profession, said he does not know how to plead the case of his son who is behind bars more than 1,000 miles from home.
Ganie's sisters said their brother was not involved in any anti-national activity. "He has been studying in Agra since 2017 and has not been involved in any anti-national activity. I have heard many times that the teachers there have praised him as he was paying close attention to his studies," one of the sisters said.
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