Aligarh turns into fortress for AMU students' protest

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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. A BJP MP has asked Aligarh Muslim University to explain why it displays a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, triggering a row day after a student sought permission to hold an RSS shakha on the university premises.

On Sunday Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi lashed out at the Congress after suspended party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar admired Muhammad Ali Jinnah amid an ongoing hullabaloo surrounding Naqvi told news agency ANI that Aiyar's statement exposed the "true feelings of the Congress party". Meanwhile, AMU vice chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor appealed to students to maintain peace and focus on their studies. The fact is, millions of Muslims living in India who have deep respect for other religions as well have already rejected Jinnah and his divisive politics that led to the killings of more than a lakh innocent people.

On May 2, AMU students clashed with the police demanding action against the Hindu Yuva Vahini protesters who were detained at a police station but allegedly allowed to leave after some time.

In an open letter to the students, he urged them "not to fall into the trap of certain forces which are bent upon destroying the image of our alma mater and are playing with your bright future".

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University spokesman Shafey Qidwai defended the hanging of the portrait saying Jinnah was the founder member of the university and he was conferred with lifelong membership of the union.

The VC "fully endorsed" the students' demand for a judicial inquiry and also denounced the "excessive use of force" by the police.

According to Prof. Mansoor, the University has postponed AMU exams in view of the improvement in the law-and-order situation on the campus. Ansari was being awarded lifetime membership of the AMU Students' Union (AMUSU).

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