AMU Issue: Internet Services suspended in Aligarh, Section 144 imposed in Town

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Women students of AMU staging a protest outside the campus | PTI

According to a report, scores of student protesters of the university along with 13 police officials were injured in a clash between the victims and the Hindu groups who were protesting outside the university premises on May 2, 2018.

Jinnah's picture was in the campus since 1938. The Vice Chancellor also visited the area where students were protesting and assured them of his "solidarity".

"It had come to the administration's notice that some anti-social elements could vitiate communal harmony by spreading rumours through videos, using internet services", the orders said.

Jaswant Singh, who held the External Affairs and Finance portfolios in the Vajpayee government, was another senior BJP leader who praised Jinnah in a book he wrote in 2009 titled "Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence".

As the tension escalated, the authorities suspended internet service in Aligarh district and imposed Section 144 to tackle the situation.

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"We won't leave the protest site until our demands are met". AMU Teachers' Association (AMUTA) has sent a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding a high-level judicial probe.

Violence broke out at the university yesterday after the right-wing protestors barged into the varsity demandingthe removal of Jinnah's portrait displayed on the University campus.

The matter became a controversy after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Aligarh MP Satish Gautam questioned the portrait's presence in the AMU student union office. They said members of certain outfits entered the campus and disrupted the peaceful academic environment there.

Furthermore, the protest has also been joined by the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Allahabad University and Jamia Millia Islamia.

Taking a jibe at BJP, Nishad said, "The politics BJP is indulging in over Jinnah is condemnable". Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar, too, waded into the controversy by saying that not only Jinnah but also the temples built for Godse must be condemned.

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