Aligarh Muslim University: District administration suspends internet services in campus


The administration in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh district has suspended the internet services in the campus of Aligarh Muslim University on Friday amidst protests by students gainst this week’s violence by Hindutva goons.

The ban on internet will be effective from 2 PM till 5 PM, reported news agency ANI. Aligarh’s District Magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh told Janta Ka Reporter that the action was taken in light of social media rumours on Md Ali Jinnah.

Hindutva goons had made a desperate bid to enter the campus of the prestigious AMU earlier this week. The members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a Hindutva militant outfit founded by current UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, had also allegedly attacked the local students.

The violence in the campus had coincided with the visit by former Vice President of India Hamid Ansari. Several students including AMUSU President Maskoor Usmani, Secretary Mohammad Fahad, and Former Vice President Mazin Zaidi were severely injured in the violence. They were later taken to hospital for treatment.

Students have been protesting against the attack by the members of Hindutva outfit. On Thursday, hundreds of female students had broken the lock of their hostel gates to join the protesting students on the campus.

On Friday, thousands of students decided to offer their weekly prayers at the protest site. Old AMU Boys’ Association members are scheduled to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the future course of action in Delhi later today.

A statement by AMU had strongly condemned the trespassing of university boundary and raising of objectionable and intimidating slogans by a group of Hindu Yuva Vahini goons.

Its statement had said, “The University expresses sympathies with the injured students and has asked the District Administration to nab the culprits and take strict action against the youths of Yuva Vahini for disturbing peace in the campus.

“The AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor has apprised the state and central authorities about the situation on the campus and the sentiments of AMU community. The Vice Chancellor has appealed all concerned especially the students to maintain peace and calm in the hour of crisis.”

As Vice President, Ansari was always the target of Hindutva supporters, who detested a Muslim occupy a high constitutional post in new ‘Hindu India.’

The incident had also come just hours after BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy shared an article titled ‘Somebody needs to teach AMU a lesson. Who will do it?’ on his official Twitter page, which has over 70 lakh followers.