Jinnah Portrait Row: Protests, Clashes in Aligarh Muslim University; 41 Injured

Lucknow, May 3: At least 28 Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) students and 13 cops injured were injured on Wednesday at the Aligarh Muslim University, which has been witnessing an outrage over a decades-old portrait of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“28 Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) students & 13 cops injured in the clash which ensued when students were marching to police station after Hindu groups protested outside University campus yesterday. Students allege they were targeted by police, demand ban on Hindu groups”, news agency ANI reported.

According to the reports,  students were marching to the police station after several right-wing groups staged a protested outside the varsity campus a day ago, when the clash erupted.

Students demanding ban on Hindu groups alleged that they were targeted by the cops.

“Students were marching to the police station demanding to know why protesters of Hindu were groups let off without an FIR against them and why were they not stopped before reaching AMU. Police baton charged on them and used tear gas,” a spokesperson from the university.

The police reportedly used teargas shells to disperse AMU students, agitators who had earlier barged into the campus shouting slogans.

At the heart of the outrage is a portrait of Pakistan founder and freedom fighter Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which has been hanging at the University’s student union hall for years

According to NDTV report, Earlier on Monday, Satish Gautam, the BJP leader from Aligarh, wrote to university vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor, asking why the photograph was allowed. In response to this AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai said Jinnah was a founder of the university and was granted life membership of the student union.

“Traditionally, photographs of all life members are placed on the walls of the student union,” he told news agency Press Trust of India. “Jinnah was accorded life membership of the AMU students’ union in 1938. He was the founder member of the University Court in 1920 and also a donor,” he added.


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