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Aligarh Muslim University: Students' protest intensifies, Annual exams postponed

Monday May 7, 2018 12:56 PM, News Network

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[The university alumni, many of whom have now settled abroad, have been writing to their respective Indian embassies; some have also travelled to the university. (Image: Twitter/@AMUJournal)]

Aligarh: The students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), who are protesting since May 2 against the brutal police action in the university campus, on Sunday recieved the supports from civil society members, lawyers and students' organisations of other universities.

On Sunday, a team of 25 lawyers reached Aligarh in support of the students’ agitation along with a large number of local residents of Aligarh who also came out in support of the agitating students. Earlier on Saturday, JNU Students union leaders had also addressed the protesting students at the AMU main gate and extended their support.

Kamran, a student who is associated with the agitation, said if the administration does not accept the demand for strict action against the accused and proper filing of FIR by Monday, then the agitation will further escalate.

The university alumni, many of whom have now settled abroad, have been writing to their respective Indian embassies; some have also travelled to the university.

"We an organization of Indian-Americans have learnt with much sadness that last week a contingent of policemen in the city of Aligarh attacked a large group of students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), at the campus of the university, causing serious injuries to many of them.  The students were peacefully protesting against an earlier violent trespassing by a large group of armed extremist Hindus by the name Hindu Vahini, who had earlier broken into the university campus, apparently on the ruse of removing a photograph of MA Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, from one of the university buildings", Association of Indian Muslims of America Washington wrote.

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Executive Director, Association of Indian Muslims of America, Kaleem Kawaja, speaking for a large number of Indian-Americans who live in North America said that they were very aggrieved at the outrageous and violent behaviour of the Indian police in abetting the illegal action of a bunch of Hindu extremists against the century old AMU, and in doing violence to the peaceful AMU students. "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.

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) erupted in protest after armed extremists, reportedly associated with Hindu Yuva Vahini, barged in the campus and tried to disrupt an event organized in the honor of former President of India and also ex-Vice Chancellor of AMU, Hamid Ansari on Wednesday. Police resorted to lathi charge and also used tear gas shells against the varsity students who were demanding action against the armed members of the right wing extremist organization.

A number of students, including president of AMU Students Union (AMUSU) and other office bearers, were severely injured in the police action. They are now under medical observation in the University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC).

Meanwhile, Aligarh Muslim University on Sunday postponed all examinations amid the prevailing tension within the campus following the police action by police against the students.

A university spokesperson said the examinations of the 2017-18 session will now commence from May 12, with no further postponements. "The decision was taken in a consultative meeting with University Vice Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor, Deans of various faculties and Principals of all colleges", a university official said.

"A 16-member coordination committee was also formed to look at the prevailing situation and to maintain peace", he added.

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