The alumni of the north India-based prestigious Aligarh Muslim University have expressed their deep anguish over recent developments in the premises of their premier institution of higher learning.
The on-going controversy over the portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah took a new turn on Tuesday when the Bareilly dargah in Uttar Pradesh issued a fatwa asking Muslims not to support the Pakistan's founder.
But in his letter, he also urged the students to stay calm and focus on their studies and their careers.
Accusing a section of television channels, the university authority said, "As you all know, our beloved university is passing through a hard phase, taking advantage of the present crisis, section of media especially some TV channels, armed with all kinds of half-truths, are constantly trying to create a very negative image of the university".
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In his letter, the vice chancellor of AMU, further said, "The AMU is suffering an assault from different quarters and thereby, it is even more important to respond with rationality and thoughtful action and not to be swayed by emotions".
But rejecting his appeal, AMU student union leaders today made it clear that their dharna would continue till their demands are met. Tariq Mansoor. Earlier scheduled to begin from May 7, the AMU exams were postponed following the ongoing student outrage & protests on the campus.
He has also asked the district magistrate to immediately institute an inquiry into yesterday's incident in which some youths pasted Jinnah's photographs in the toilets at Dharam Samaj Degree College. According to them the miscreants, they have claimed, belonged to right-wing outfit Hindu Yuva Vahini. "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.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.