The Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday targeted students from the Aligarh Muslim University by firing tear gas shells and smashing their motorbikes. A news flash by ANI said that police fired tear gas shells at the unarmed students, who were staging protests against the amended anti-Muslim Citizenship Act.
Videos broadcast by NDTV showed personnel from the Uttar Pradesh Police vandalising motorbikes parked inside the AMU campus.
#WATCH Aligarh: Police fire tear gas shells at protesters outside Aligarh Muslim University campus after protesters pelted stones at them. (Note: abusive language) #CitizenshipAmendmentAct pic.twitter.com/lUiXJUtkRx
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 15, 2019
Abdul Hameed, the registrar of the AMU, said that no classes or examination will be held till 5 January. This came after Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia university campus too was shut down after the Delhi Police forcibly entered the university and allegedly committed largescale violence against the students.
News agency PTI quoted Hamid as saying that the AMU hostels were being evacuated as clashes were reported from inside after police entered the campus. Elsewhere, Aligarh DM Chandra Bhushan Singh told ANI that the internet services had been suspended from 10 pm tonight to 10 pm tomorrow in the Aligarh city, in view of the protests by Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students over ongoing protests.
It’s one thing to control a unruly mob at the Aligarh Muslim University , but why is the @aligarhpolice smashing motorbikes outside the university ?? These visuals shoy by Adnan our local reporter who was also hit by the cops when he filmed this ! pic.twitter.com/Dxc2liMlwr
— Alok Pandey (@alok_pandey) December 15, 2019
On Friday, the administration in Aligarh had suspended internet services in view of the protests planned against the amended Citizenship Act.
Students across the country have been staging protests against the Narendra Modi government’s decision to enact the anti-Muslim Citizenship Act. The Act provides natural citizenship to every single non-Muslim living in India illegally.