Thrashed in court premises: Kashmiri student trio in Bangalore rearrested, sent to 14-day custody
Feb 17: The three Kashmiri engineering students at a college in Bangalore
facing sedition charges were arrested again and produced before a local court
on Monday after protests broke out against the police for releasing them on
execution of a bond under Section 169 of CrPC.
court remanded all the three accused to judicial custody till March 2.
arrested students have been identified as Basit Aashiq Sofi of Sem Pora village
in Baramula district, Talib Majeed of Krandigam in Anantnag district and Aamir
Mohi Uddin Wani of Batkote in Anantnag district are now been handed over to the
two of the accused are studying in the first semester and one is studying in
third semester of civil engineering. Under the Government of India quota the
trio had got seats at the KLEIT in Hubballi.
Sunday, a day after they were arrested, the three students had been released by
the police on the basis of bonds executed by them as per Criminal Procedure
Code section 169.
pro-Hindu organizations and union minister Prahalad Joshi, expressed anguish at
the way the case was handled by the police and came down on them heavily, the
police took all the three students into custody again and produced them in the
trio were arrested on Saturday for “raising pro-Pakistan slogans” and posting
it on social media on the first anniversary of the attack that left scores of
CRPF soldiers dead at Pulwama in Kashmir.
were let off on Sunday execution of a bond under Section 169 of CrPC.
(Kashmiri students) have been arrested, produced before the court and remanded
in judicial custody,” the Hubballi-Dharwad police Commissioner R Dileep told
police had come under severe criticism for releasing the youths on Sunday.
to police sources, they were apprehended Monday morning and taken to court.
the meantime, Dharwad Bar Association had decided not to appear for the accused
in the case. At the time the students were taken for judicial custody, the
court premises witnessed frenzy of activities. Pro-Hindu organization members
beat up the accused black and blue. The protesters also threw shoes at the
last, the police who brought the three students with tight police security,
made them to sit in the special room. The advocates got angry at this, and
argued with the advocates about putting the accused in special room. They urged
the police to keep the accused students in lockup, and not the special room.
view of the Bar Association’s pressure, the police made the students to sit in
the lockup room. Thereafter they presented them before judge Pushpa. None of
the advocates from Hubballi came forward to appear for the accused in the case.
The judge, who gathered information about the case, sent the students to
judicial custody till March 2.
action came after members of right wing organisations staged demonstrations
outside the police station on Sunday.
Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik was among those who criticised the police for
releasing the youth who allegedly “demonstrated their anti-India vitriol on the
first anniversary of Pulwama attack.”
sources said Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai too spoke to the police officials
about the case.
not to represent trio
The Hubli Bar Association has passed a resolution stating that none of its
advocate members would represent three Kashmiri students recently charged with
Sedition for allegedly raising pro-Pakistan slogans.
college students were arrested for posting the slogans on social media a year
after the terrorist attack at Pulwama in Kashmir that claimed the lives of 40
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.
resolution, issued in Kannada, translates that the accused persons had indulged
in “anti-national activities” and that no advocate from the Bar
Association would be appearing on their behalf.
Bar Association, through its resolution passed on February 15, further made a
request to all advocates in the state to not represent the three students. The
Association also wrote to the President of the Karnataka Bar Association in
is reported that the three Kashmiri engineering students were released after
execution of a bond under Section 169 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)
however, is not first time that a Bar Association has passed a resolution
asking its members to abstain from appearing for a particular person/s.
Recently, the Mysuru Bar Association had passed a similar resolution requesting
all its members to refrain from appearing for Nalini Balakumar, who was charged
with sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for holding a
Free Kashmir placard during an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA)
few days after the Mysuru Bar Association passed the above resolution barring
its members from appearing for Balakumar, around 169 lawyers from the state –
including Senior Advocates – signed a Vakalatnama offering to appear for her in
month, a Mysuru court had granted anticipatory bail to Balakumar. While doing
so, the judge stated that that the offence alleged against Balakumar is not
exclusively punishable with death or imprisonment for life. (Bar and Bench)