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TV crew calls AMU 'University of Terrorists", Protesting students booked for sedition

The AMU Students Union (AMUSU) called the FIR false and fabricated

Wednesday February 13, 2019 4:13 PM, ummid.com News Network

AMU Protest News

Aligarh: Police on Wednesday booked fourteen students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for offenses, including sedition, after a confrontation on February 12 with a reporter of a television channel notorious for its anti-Muslim and pro-government stand.

The AMU students were booked after an FIR was filed by the police based on a complaint by a Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha leader.

Altercation between the AMU students and the TV reporters started when some students wrote on social media that the TV crew were referring the institution as a “university of terrorists” in an attempt to elicit a reaction. The university’s security officer said the journalists were filming on campus without permission.

The provocation was not without a response as hundreds of students gathered near the main gate of the university protesting against the TV channel.

"You people have targeted us by naming as the hub of terrorism and here you can see what we're continuing for the character assassination of our institution! We can make our thousands nights sleepless merely to fight back frm such political pre-planned attacks", a students' group wrote on Twitter, tagging the video of the students' protest.

Meanwhile, the AMU Students Union (AMUSU) called the FIR “false and fabricated” claiming that the television reporters and “some associates of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) entered the campus with malafide intention”.

“They were asking farcical questions and labelling AMU with terror and anti-national activities,” AMUSU President Salman Imtiaz, said.

“When the AMU students challenged the said media reporters on its manner of questions and asked them to seek permission from relevant authorities, the reporters heckled the students and the female reporter threatened to frame false sexual harassment charges against the students", he added.

On the other hand, Nalini Sharma, the Republic TV staffer, claimed that she had done nothing to provoke the students.

"This is ABSOLUTE LIES! I’m appalled at how this has been created out of thin air. I was MYSELF standing and reporting on a story that had NOTHING to do with AMU when the students began to heckle and threaten us. We weren’t even speaking to any student in the vicinity!", Nalini wrote on Twitter.

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