AMU students take out protest march over JNU issue

Aligarh (UP): Students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today took out a protest march against alleged police excesses at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus even as they condemned the anti-national slogans raised during the JNU protest.

Carrying placards, protesters raised slogans and later sent a memorandum to the President demanding an inquiry into the “role of RSS-linked organisations in fomenting trouble in different Indian universities”.

President of AMU Teachers’ Association Prof Mujahid Beg said they were “behind the JNU community in this hour of trial”.

General Secretary of AMU Employees’ Union Shamim Akhtar, in a statement, said, “We strongly deplore the anti-national slogans raised during the JNU protest, but the question is, have the police investigated into the identity of those who raised these slogans?

“There is gathering evidence that these slogans were orchestrated merely to defame the leaders of the JNU Students’ Union. We demand strong action against anybody who was involved in this matter irrespective of political affiliation.”

Protesters alleged that by pressing serious charges of sedition against JNU students, Delhi police is “playing into the hands of RSS outfits in total disregard to the irreparable damage they are causing to the country’s social fabric”.

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