Aligarh turns into fortress for AMU students' protest

Isaac Cain
May 9, 2018

According to Aligarh SSP Ajay Kumar Sahini, heavy force has been deployed outside the campus.

In his letter, the VC "fully endorsed" the students' demand for a judicial inquiry and denounced the "excessive use of force" by the police.

Mansoor, however, took a swipe on media, especially news channels, which, he claimed, were armed with half-truth information of the ongoing crisis and trying to paint the negative picture of the institution.

BJP spokesperson Sudanshu Trivedi said that those who are standing for Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah also stood for terrorists like Afzal Guru. "The assault on the university from different quarters calls for a rational response and thoughtful action without being swayed by emotions", he said.

But rejecting his appeal, AMU student union leaders today made it clear that their dharna would continue till their demands are met.

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Holding placards in their hands with inscriptions like "kya AMU Pakistan mein hai", "Jinnah ki tasveer kyon", "Desh ke gaddar Jinnah ka Mahimamandan kyon", the students staged demonstration and raised before burning the effigy.

The hullabaloo surrounding Jinnah's poster erupted after BJP Aligarh MP Satish Gautam wrote a letter to AMU's Vice-Chancellor seeking a clarification on the portrait of Pakistan's founder in the students' union office.

AMU officials have said that Mr Jinnah was a founder member of the university's court and was granted life membership of the student union.

Hundreds of AMU students continue to protest against the Aligarh police administration for its alleged "inaction against the vandalism and violation of law" by the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini, Hindu Jagaran Manch and ABVP. Jinnah had also been given this honour before Partition. "We categorically condemn this action of the Indian police, and request the government of India to take appropriate action against the erring policemen and extremist Hindu activists". he said.

A 16-member coordination committee of senior faculty members was formed to help in engaging protesting students and understanding their problems.

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