Aligarh: Hindutva extremists, who were reportedly armed, tried to barge in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) while former Vice President Hamid Ansari was on a visit, according to Aligarh Muslim University Journal.
Reports coming from the AMU campus also said that the Hindutva extremists clashed with students and university security guards following which police were called. AMU Students' Union President Maskoor Usmani, Secretary Mohammad Fahad, former Vice President Mazin Zaidi severely and few other students were injured in the police lathi charge, according to local reporters.
Students present at the site also confirmed that the AMU students were injured in police baton charge. They also claimed that police used tear gas shells. However, a section of the media is reporting that police baton charged the BJP activists who were protesting outside against the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah hanging in the AMU campus for decades.
"Hindutva goons who were armed tried to enter the AMU campus during the visit of former Vice President Hamid Ansari. They clashed with the university security guards", Aligarh Muslim University Journal said in a Twitter message which was tagged by photographs.
अलीगढ़ मुस्लिम यूनिवर्सिटी में पूर्व उप राष्ट्रपति हामिद अंसारी की मौजूदगी में भगवाधारियों ने की हथियार लहराते हुए घुसने की कोशिश, यूनिवर्सिटी सुरक्षा कर्मचारी से की मारपीट, हज़ारों की संख्या में छात्र छात्रसंघ के साथ खड़े है।#AMU #AligarhMuslimUniversity pic.twitter.com/oDZt49Rkbu— Aligarh Muslim University Journal. (@AMUJournal) May 2, 2018
Vyavastha Darpan, a monthly newspaper, tagging the photographs of injured AMU students said AMU students, resisting the Hindutva armed extremists who were trying to enter the university campus, were injured in police baton charge.
Sharjeel Usmani, Former Member at University Literary Club, Aligarh Muslim University, has updated the minute by minute account of today's incident on his Facebook wall.
"02:00 PM - Former Vice President Janab Hamid Ansari reaches AMU for his lecture, 02:50 PM - 15 Sanghi goons enter AMU campus with pistols and revolvers, accompanied by a policeman in uniform. They attack a student who was passing by, 03:10 PM - Students' Union and other students' leaders come to rescue. 6 goons are caught and are handed over to police, 03:40 PM - The police has released those 6 goons and is not ready to file an FIR. His last update is at 03:55 PM - Students are protesting against the district administration at Bab-e-Syed", messages posted on FB said.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is in the news since last week after a local RSS activist demanded permission to open RSS Shakha inside the campus. The varsity authorities turned down the demand.
On Sunday local BJP MP wrote a letter to the AMU VC asking him to explain why the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah is hanging in the campus. The AMU immediately issued a clarification saying Jinnah was a founder member of the University Court and a donor who was granted life membership of the student union.
"Jinnah was also accorded life membership of the AMUSU in 1938. He was the founder member of the University Court in 1920 and also a donor. Traditionally, photographs of all life members are placed on the walls of the student union", AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai told news agency PTI.
Kidwai also said that Jinnah was granted membership before the demand of Pakistan had been raised by the Muslim League. Kidwai said no national leader had raised any objection to the portrait even after Independence. These included Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Azad, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C Rajagopalachari, Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru.
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