AMU students protest against lathicharge over Jinnah portrait row

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Aligarh: A day after clashes broke out at the AMU campus over a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, an eerie silence has descended over the AMU campus today even as thousands of student protesters gathered at the Baab-e-Syed gate, the scene of yesterday’s violent incident in which around 20 students were injured after police started lathi-charging the protesting students. Violence broke out at the Aligarh Muslim University yesterday after the right-wing protesters barged into the varsity demanding removal of the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah displayed on the campus.

Hundreds of policemen were deployed as Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students on Thursday protested against the violence a day earlier on the campus over Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait.

The students demanded the arrest of members of RSS affiliate, Hindu Jagran Manch, who allegedly stormed into the campus on Wednesday and assaulted students. “Jinnah picture being removed is a non-issue. Jinnah bharat ka itihas hai par musalmanon ki aastha nahi. (Jinnah is part of India’s history but Indian Muslims have no faith in him),’’ AMU Students’ Union (AMUSU) secretary Mohammad Fahad was reported saying.

“We have assembled here to expose this politics and how right-wing people entered the campus with an intention to disturb the peaceful environment. Police are also with them. They beat, detained us illegally but let them go free. They registered FIR only after we held protests.” Fahad added further

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