AMU proctor quits, 21 students booked for burning effigies of PM

February 6, 2020

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Proctor, Afifullah Khan, has resigned from the post without stating any reasons. Professor Mohammad Wasim Ali of the Law Department has been appointed as the new proctor by the VC. The Proctor’s resignation comes days after AMU students launched an agitation demanding the resignations of Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor and Registrar Abdul Hamid in the wake of the campus violence on December 15.

On the other hand, 21 AMU students have been booked by the Aligarh police on Tuesday night for allegedly burning effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the campus.

According to police, a group of students, six of whom have been identified, had also written slogans of ‘Hindutva terror down down’, ‘Islamophobic Yogi’ on the effigies. 

Civil Lines circle officer Anil Samaniya said that the students have been booked under section 6 of Uttar Pradesh Special Power Act 1932 and section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Civil Lines police station.

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The Aligarh police also issued notices to 153 people, including women, to sign a bond agreeing that they would be liable to face legal action if any untoward incident takes place outside Shahjamal Idgah where a large number of women have been on a sit-in for the past one week against the CAA and NRC.

According to the police, men, who are providing logistic support to the protesting women, have also been issued notices.

Talking to reporters, AMU coordination committee member, Faizul Hassan, who is also the former students’ union president, said that though the resignation of the proctor was a welcome move, the students will continue their agitation till their other demands, including the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar are met.

AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said, “AMU is back to normal to some extent and efforts are on to resolve other pending issues including quashing of the FIRs lodged against bonafide students of the varsity.” He added that barring a few departments, classes were held in the university on Tuesday and examinations will be rescheduled soon.

Source: IANS

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