ALIGARH: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has strongly condemned the trespassing of University boundary and raising of objectionable and intimidating slogans by a group of Hindu Yuva Vahini youths Wednesday afternoon. While appealing to the students for peace, AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor demanded the Aligarh district administration to arrest the culprits.
Scores of members of the Hindu extremist group allegedly carrying weapons and saffron flags unsuccessfully tried to forcibly entre the Aligarh Muslim University campus through its main gate. They were angry over a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah at the office of AMU Students Union. A scuffle ensued between the saffron activists and AMU’s security guards. Very soon, hundreds of students of AMU gathered on the spot and forced the Vahini members to retreat.
“The University expresses sympathies with the injured students and has asked the District Administration to nab the culprits and take strict action against the youths of Yuva Vahini for disturbing peace in the campus,” the VC office said in a late night press statement.
Meanwhile, the VC has apprised the state and central authorities “about the situation on the campus and the sentiments of AMU community.”
The Vice Chancellor has appealed to all concerned especially the students to maintain peace and calm in the hour of crisis.
The incident took place when former Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari was staying at the guest house inside the campus. He was there to attend a program of AMUSU. The Vahini members had reached near the guest house and were raising provocative slogans.
Talking to Caravan Daily over phone soon after the incident, AMUSU president Maskoor Ahmad Usmani said that a complaint has been lodged with the police seeking arrest of the members of Hindu Yuva Vahini, a Hindu-right group formed years ago by current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath.
He said that the saffron activists had reached near the guest house but soon they were pushed out of the gate by the security.
When hundreds of students gathered outside the local police station seeking arrest of the Hindu Vahini members, police resorted to lathi-charge, resulting in fractures and head injuries to the protesting students.
AMUSU president said the police lathi-charged the students who were protesting against the attack of Vahini members. At least half a dozen students were injured.
Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association said: “We strongly condemn the brutal action taken by police against AMU students. Instead of taking action against criminal aggressors, AMU students who were victims were re-victimized by lathi-charge.” They also demanded arrest of the Vahini members.
Meanwhile, AMUSU called the General Body Meeting at 9 PM to decide future line of action.
Portrait of Jinnah at AMU
A BJP lawmaker had on Monday asked the Aligarh Muslim University to explain why it displays a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, triggering a row days after a student sought permission to hold an RSS shaka on its premises.
In a letter written to Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor, BJP Lok Sabha MP from Aligarh Satish Gautam objected to Pakistan founder’s picture on the walls of the AMU student union office.
AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai on Tuesday defended the portrait, apparently hanging there for decades, saying that Jinnah was a founder of the university and granted life membership of the student union.
Traditionally, photographs of all life members are placed on the walls of the student union, he told PTI news agency.