Violence over Jinnah Portrait at AMU

AMU Issue: Internet Services suspended in Aligarh, Section 144 imposed in Town

Internet services were suspended in Aligarh district on Friday in the wake of unrest in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after the Jinnah portrait row.

The former Uttar Pradesh minister claimed that the Bombay High Court museum, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also has a portrait of the Pakistan founder.

A spokesperson of KUTA in a statement issued here said there was no justification of police action against those peacefully protesting against vandalising and manhandling by Hindu Yuva Vahini leaders who "had forced their entry into the AMU and raised objectionable and intimidating slogans inside the campus".

"It had come to the administration's notice that some anti-social elements could vitiate communal harmony by spreading rumours through videos, using internet services", the orders said.
"If you are a Muslim and you wish to have Jinnah's portrait to be hung by your walls then you are causing a grave insult to your forefathers, who rejected Jinnah's ideas (during Indo-Pak partition) and because of whom you are an Indian in the present day", said Singh in a Facebook post.

Addressing AMU students, he said it is one of the leading universities in the country and they (the students) should be aware of the expectations the country has from them.

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"We won't leave the protest site until our demands are met". AMU Teachers' Association (AMUTA) has sent a notice to President Ram Nath Kovind about "urgently institute" a high-level judicial inquiry into this incident.

The AMU students also clashed with the police, resulting in 28 students and 13 policemen sustaining injuries.

Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Aligarh MP Satish Gautam was the first to question the portrait's presence in the office, which has been there for decades.

There seems to be no end to controversies concerning Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Giving it a political angle, the opposition Congress accused the BJP of doing "dirty politics of sensationalism, divisiveness, polarisation" and said this needed to be condemned.

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