Students held on sedition charge freed
Three Kashmiri engineering students, arrested on sedition charges in Karnataka’s Hubli district, were released on a bond under Section 169 of the CrPC, police said on Sunday.
The three students of a private engineering college in Hubli were arrested on Saturday after a purported video clip they had recorded showed them chanting “Pakistan zindabad”.
Police arrested the students after some Right-wing activists staged a protest at the KLE Institute of Technology.
The three, all BTech students of civil engineering, were released after they executed the bond agreeing to turn up whenever they are summoned, Hubli-Dharwad police commissioner R. Dilip told PTI.
Section 169 of the CrPC is involved when the investigating officer is of the view that there was no sufficient evidence to produce an accused before a court for remand.
The police commissioner said the police were handling the matter with sensitivity because of national ramifications, which may lead to a trial by media.
The college had suspended the three students after some other students had complained against them to the principal.