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On 11th day of their protest, AMU students ask President Kovind to intervene

Saturday May 12, 2018 11:04 PM, & Agencies

AMU Students Protest

Aligarh: Failing to get any appropriate response from the government on their demands, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students who are protesting since May 02 on Saturday asked President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene to end the deadlock.

In their letter to Kovind, the Aligarh Muslim University Students Union (AMUSU) alleged that no satisfactory action has been taken by the Uttar Pradesh government yet. They also said that the Aligarh district administration was yet to act against those who trespassed into the campus and indulged in acts of violence on May 2.

The protest by the AMU students against the trespass and violence entered its 11th day on Saturday. AMUSU leaders warned they would intensify their stir and start a relay hunger strike if their demands are not met.

They are also demanding action against the police officers responsible for lathicharge on students on May 2.

AMUSU leaders, including its president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani, sought an appointment with Kovind over the issue. "We have high regard for the president and we hope his prompt intervention will ensure justice and fair play on this critical issue which we are presently facing," Usmani is quoted as saying by PTI.

He said a similar letter has also been sent to Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. "We are now eagerly awaiting the response to our letters which were sent three days back," he said.

AMU erupted in protest on May 02 after armed Hindutva extremists barged in the university and tried to disrupt a program organized to honor Former President of India Hamid Ansari. The AMU students objected to the armed extremists reportedly associated with Hindu Yuva Vahini – an outfit floated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath. When the protesting students approached police demanding action against the armed goons, they were mercilessly beaten by the police.

Meanwhile, the semester exams in the university which were rescheduled because of the students' protest began from today.

"Semester examinations of various graduation and post-graduation courses including BTech, BA, BSc, BCom, MA, MSc, MCom and Medicine Diplomas were today conducted peacefully at 51 different centres in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)", a statement by the AMU said.

"Students appeared for at least 100 papers in two different phases", said Mujeebullah Zuberi, Controller of Examinations.

He said 27 centres conducted exams in the first phase from 09:00 am to 11:00 am, while examinations of the second phase from 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm took place in 24 centres.

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