AMU students on indefinite sit

  • AMU students on indefinite sit

AMU students on indefinite sit

Students continued with their sit-in at the university's Baab-e-Syed gate, where they had clashed with the police on Wednesday. "The portrait came up as part of a protocol that the AMU students' union accorded to all great leaders of the then undivided India who had visited the campus", said Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani, chief of the union. District magistrate Aligarh Chandra Bhushan Singh said: "There will be no internet services from 2 pm today to midnight tomorrow,". The students offered Friday prayers at the scene of the dharna, in which a large number of teachers and other members of the AMU fraternity participated.

The row started after local BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to AMU Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor raising objections to the portrait.

A spokesman of KUTA has expressed solidarity with the students and teachers of Aligarh Muslim University and has demanded immediate arrest of the hooligans followed by strict legal action for vitiating peaceful atmosphere within the campus. While right-wing activists and ruling party members have demanded the removal of Jinnah's portrait, the students' union insists that the historical figure deserves representation on the campus in his capacity as the founder member of the university court.

Earlier, BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya's lauded Jinnah saying that the contribution of the Pakistan's founder before partition can not be ignored.

A spokesperson of KUTA in a statement issued here said there was no justification of police action against those peacefully protesting against vandalising and manhandling by Hindu Yuva Vahini leaders who "had forced their entry into the AMU and raised objectionable and intimidating slogans inside the campus".

Ansari was supposed to be felicitated at the University the day the violence broke out.

"Instead of arresting those goons who were trying to attack the former Vice-President, the police lathi-charged the students", Usmani said.