Atif, Zia, Shakeel students of Jamia Millia Islamia University

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New Delhi, Sep 23: After three days of contradictory claims the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi admitted that Mohammed Atif Amin, who was killed in Delhi encounter on Friday, Sep 19 was a student of the University.

The University sources also admitted that Zia-ur Rahman and Mohammed Shakeel were registered students of the varsity. The duo was arrested in connection with the Sunday, Sep 13, Delhi blasts. Jamia suspended them based on prima facie details provided by police on Monday, Sep 22. This is the first time a Central University in India has suspended students for alleged terror links.

Atif has been a student of MA in human rights with the department of political science, Shakeel is a final-year student of MA economics and Rahman is a final year student of BA (pass). University sources said that Atif had almost zero attendance since he took admission and he was yet to get his identity card as he was a student from second list.

"Yes, I can confirm that the two boys are registered students at Jamia. But we have suspended them based on the prima facie information provided by the police," Jamia Vice-Chancellor Mushirul Hasan said. Hasan added the University would initiate disciplinary proceedings against the two on Tuesday, Sep 23 after the disciplinary committee submits its report. The committee comprised of the Vice-Chancellor, all deans and provost.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police claimed that another suspect who was held on Monday, Sep 22 Saqib Nissar, was a distance-education student of MBA at the Sikkim Manipal University. The University is yet to confirm the claim.

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