Security personnel stand guard as Aligarh Muslim University students stage a protest over Jinnah portrait issue outside the university gate in Aligarh.(PTI File Photo)
Security personnel stand guard as Aligarh Muslim University students stage a protest over Jinnah portrait issue outside the university gate in Aligarh.(PTI File Photo)

Azadi slogans in ‘AMU video’ against right wing groups, not India: Official

On May 2, violence broke out at the AMU campus as the row over a Muhammad Ali Jinnah portrait on the campus triggered a right-wing protest.
PTI, Aligarh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 09:26 AM IST

Even as the indefinite protest and boycott of academic activities by students in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) continued, a video of protesting students shouting slogans of “Azadi”, apparently against right-wing groups, went viral on social media.

AMU PRO, professor Shafey Kidwai, said, “Students were on an indefinite protest at the Bab-e-Syed gate of the university, and were raising the slogan - Bhagwa Rang aur Aatank se Azadi. These are not anti-India slogans, and do not relate to the unity, integrity and sovereignty of India.”

He added, “The students are protesting, so that the police and administration act against the so-called Hindu organisations, which had given provocative speeches and raised highly objectionable slogans. A case was also registered in this context.”

Kidwai said the students were holding protests in a democratic manner and had three demands.

“The university administration is talking to them. But, when the district administration speaks to them, only then a way-out will be possible,” he said.

On May 2, violence broke out at the AMU campus as the row over a Muhammad Ali Jinnah portrait on the campus triggered a right-wing protest.

A function to grant life membership of the student union to former vice-president Hamid Ansari was called off and he returned to Delhi.

The AMU students alleged that the protesters were from Hindu Yuva Vahini, and were allowed to leave a police station after being initially detained.

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