Agra court extends remand of Kashmiri students



A court in the Agra city of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has extended till December 20, the judicial remand of three Kashmiri students, who were arrested for cheering Pakistan’s victory and sharing pro-Pakistan posts after Pakistan defeated India in a T20 World Cup match in October, this year.

Arsheed Yusuf, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Showkat Ahmed Ghani, who were students of Raja Balwant Singh Engineering College in Agra, were arrested on October 25, a day after the match.

They were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and IT Act by the Agra police. They were assaulted by extremist Hindus when they were being produced before a court and different associations of lawyers in Agra refused to represent them.

Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court has 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.