On May 3, 2018, The Aligarh Police had to order a lathi charge as hundreds of student protesters gathered at the Aligarh Muslim University gate. Following the lathi charge that injured around 20 students, the student body has now sat on a dharna over the action taken by the Police.
According to the AMU Students’ Union (AMUSU) secretary Mohammad Fahad, the entire issue was raked up when the RSS and other right-wing affiliates tried to storm the campus in order to pull down the photograph of Jinnah hanging in the main building.
“Jinnah picture being removed is a non-issue. Jinnah bharat ka itihas hai par musalmanon ki aastha nahi. (Jinnah is part of India’s history but Indian Muslims have no faith in him). We have assembled here to expose this politics and how right-wing people entered the campus with an intention to disturb the peaceful environment. Police are also with them. They beat, detained us illegally but let them go free. They registered FIR only after we held protests.”
However, Circle officer Sanjeev Dikshit said that two FIRs have been registered, one that the Police registered against protesting AMU students and another filed by AMU students mentioning that 20 people tried to storm the campus with violent intentions.
The AMUSU Vice-President, Sajjad S Rather, alleged that not five, but 20 armed people had tried to storm the place and target Vice-President Hamid Ansari who was being felicitated by the organization. He also added that Jinnah’s photograph in AMSU’s Hall has not been removed.
“It will not be removed. We did not place this picture. His photo was placed when India and Pakistan were one country and this is history, which cannot be erased. The then union placed it. How did it suddenly become an issue?”
The entire issue has also been raked up by Aligarh’s BJP MP Satish Gautam, who said:
“On Wednesday, 70 of us marched to AMU because we wanted the Jinnah photo to be removed. Over 100 AMUSU students equipped with swords tried to stop us. They abused us as well as the police officers. They even tried to beat us after which police had to resort to lathi charge.”
Although the Police’s lathi charge injured 20 students, Twitterati were all praises for the Police for their swift and timely action.
— Prashant P. Umrao (@ippatel) May 3, 2018
@myogiadityanath Govt doing far better work than mullah Mulayam.. I like the way these peace practicing jihadi got the treatment.
— Rohit Pal (@rpal55) May 3, 2018
Violence is not good for our country….
But those who do not consider themselves as Indians
फोड़ दो नमक हरामो को…. जय योगी
— KIRTI BAKORIYA💣(Communists r Curse ) (@bakoriya_kirti_) May 3, 2018
Well done Aligarh Police, and UP Police We are Proud of Aligarh Police @dgpup
— Chandan Krishna (@Chandankrishn13) May 3, 2018
दे दी हमे आजादी बिना खड्ग बिना ढाल
यूपी पुलिस ने मार मार कर पहुंचा दिया अस्पताल😁😁
— सिमरन सिंह 【 देश की आवाज 】 (@Dr_SimranSingh) May 3, 2018
The Jihadis must realise now that it is no longer their Mulla-Mulayam’s Govt in UP. Yogiji is already on a mission to set the criminals straight.
क़ायदे में रहोगे, तो फ़ायदे में रहोगे
— DCP (@ab041937) May 3, 2018
This is the only language they understand, we r already seeing impact of not treating Tukde gang this way. They now understand themselves as a mass leader.
This is the best way to treat them.
— rohit shukla (@srunny) May 3, 2018
The National Commission for Minorities has sought a report from Aligarh district administration on police action on students demanding the arrest of members of a right-wing outfit which protested displaying Jinnah’s picture on the campus.