Aligarh: The Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah Saturday while taking a serious note of the vicious allegations leveled by Shakuntala Bharti, Mayor of the City, regarding serving of Beef at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College canteen accused the local BJP leader of fomenting communal tension.
"This is an attempt to whip up communal tension", the Vice Chancellor said in a statement.
"Only buffalo meat is served in AMU and it would never violate national sentiments in this regard", he added.
The Vice Chancellor also spoke to Satish Gautam, Member of Parliament from Aligarh who backed the AMU Vice Chancellor’s stand on the issue.
The issue broke out on social media on Friday when a WhatsApp post circulated a report that ‘beef biryani’ was being served at the AMU Medical College canteen.
The reports spread the impression that it was cow meat and not the meat of buffalo that was being served. A picture of the canteen’s menu card also went viral on social media.
BJP Mayor Shakuntala Bharti, along with party leaders and several right wing activists, held a demonstration outside the office of Senior Superintendent of Police on Saturday, demanding registration of an FIR against the contractor of AMU medical college canteen for serving ‘beef biryani’.
As news of the controversy spread, senior AMU officials led by University Proctor M Mohsin Khan rushed to the Medical College canteen and carried out an on-the-spot preliminary check.
University spokesperson Rahat Abrar alleged that the incident was a “malicious” attempt to defame the institution, asserting that the beef mentioned in the menu was of buffalo meat.