AMU protest: Internet services shut in Aligarh

AMU protest

AMU students continued their sit-in at the university's Baab-e-Syed gate, where they had clashed with the police on Wednesday. They are boycotting classes for the next two days.

The AMU students are demanding action against right-wing activists who clashed with AMU students on Tuesday, seeking removal of the portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the office of the AMU Students Union.

Around 3,000 students offered Friday prayers at the protest site.

In Gorakhpur, newly elected Samajwadi Party MP Praveen Nishad sparked a controversy by comparing the contribution of Gandhi and Nehru to that of Jinnah during the freedom struggle.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also reacted on this controversy saying that the person who was behind the partition of India can not be accorded respect here. During his Karnataka election tour, Adityanath said he was against honouring Pakistan's founder. "Like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jinnah also contributed to the freedom movement", Nishad said.

He said the BJP was trying to "divide the people in the name of religion and caste".

"BJP is playing dirty politics over Jinnah which is highly deplorable".

The issue of Jinnah's portrait at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has already taken the nation's attention.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi accused the BJP of provoking sentiments and communalising the atmosphere by raking up an "artificial" issue of Jinnah's picture at Aligarh Muslim University, which has led to violence in the Uttar Pradesh town.

Earlier, BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Minister Swami Prasad Maurya's lauded Jinnah saying that the contribution of the Pakistan's founder before partition can not be ignored. AMU vice chancellor Mansoor stayed away from the protest site, but visited the students who were injured in the lathi charge at the hospital. They said members of certain outfits entered the campus and disrupted the peaceful academic environment there.

He demanded that the Aligarh SSP be immediately transferred as he failed to ensure the security of the former Vice-President Hamid Ansari and his wife when they arrived at the University.

Protesters sit outside the AMU campus.

It had come to the administration's notice that some anti-social elements could vitiate communal harmony by spreading rumours through videos, using internet services, his order said.

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