Aligarh Muslim University campus tense after students clash, ABVP demands action

AMU Students Union accuses ABVP and local BJP legislators of trying to communalise a petty confrontation between students

india Updated: Mar 24, 2017 21:05 IST
Pradeep Saxena
Pradeep Saxena
Hindustan Times, Aligarh
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Tension grips AMU campus after clash between two groups of students (HT File Photo )

Tension gripped the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus on Friday following a clash between two groups of students and an alleged attempt to communalise the issue by the ABVP and two legislators of the ruling BJP.

Police sources said some BSc students were assaulted by another group of students on Thursday. One of the students, identified as Mohit, sustained serious head injuries in the incident.

AMU proctor Prof M Mohsan Khan said, “A physical fight took place between students. Mohit had received head injuries but is out of danger now. Show cause notices have been issued to the accused students. Appropriate action will be taken against them.”

Claiming that only students of a particular religion were being harassed, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) functionaries staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the SSP office demanding action against the accused.

The right-wing student activists were soon joined by Aligarh City MLA Sanjiv Raja and Koil MLA Anil Parashar in the protest.

Mohit in his complaint said he and his friends were attacked by some youths as he did not invite them to a farewell party.

In the FIR registered with the Civil Lines police station Asif, Abdulla, Faraz and Ashfaq were named as accused.

Mohit has named his friends Mohd Danish and Manzoor as witnesses in the FIR.

“District, civil and police administration are keeping a close watch after the incident. An FIR has been registered and investigations are on. The accused will not be spared and stern action will be taken against them,” said SP (city) Atul Sriwastava.

The AMU Students Union (AMUSU) termed the clash as a “petty confrontation” between two groups of students and staged a peace march to protest the “uncalled for interference” by those with vested interests to communalise the issue.

It appealed to the students to maintain peace, law and order on the campus.

AMUSU secretary Nabi-ul-Usmani told HT, “This is an internal matter of the university students but some outsiders are trying to vitiate the situation.”

“We are with Mohit. But why is the ABVP communalising the incident? I appeal to everyone not to turn the AMU campus into a political arena,” AMUSU vice president Nadim Ansari said.

MLA Sanjiv Raj refuted the allegation that they were trying to communalise the issue.

“We have only extended our moral support to students. Action should be taken against the culprits. If no action is taken, we may raise the matter at other fora,” he said.

First Published: Mar 24, 2017 20:49 IST