Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Jinnah row: Tension continues in AMU, exams postponed

Jinnah row: Tension continues in AMU, exams postponed

Wading into the Jinnah portrait row, Union Minister VK Singh on Sunday in a post titled "Let us protect our freedom from abuse" said Muslims, who supported the presence of Pakistan founder's portrait in the Aligarh Muslim University, were insulting their forefathers, as they had rejected his ideology.

Interestingly it is not just the much-derided "Left-Liberal" intellectuals who consider Jinnah a tall leader in India's independence movement before he espoused the cause of Pakistan. "It is unfortunate that certain people are standing by the side of a person (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) who was responsible for the division of this country", Trivedi was quoted as saying by ANI. "I announce a reward of Rs 1 Lakh cash for the one who burns down the poster", Khan said.

The portrait hangs at the student union office of the university. Soon after his request, members of the Hindu Jagran Manch arrived at the university campus demanding the removal of the portrait.

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On the other hand, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya maintained that Jinnah was an enemy of India.

However, the move has now led to massive protests in AMU, with students asking why the portrait had become an eye-sore all of a sudden.

"Jinnah picture being removed is a non-issue".

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Meanwhile, Aligarh district magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh has announced the suspension of Internet services from 2 pm to Friday midnight in view of inflammatory messages related to the Jinnah controversy being widely shared on the social media.

Singh told Times of India the inquiry will find out how the Hindu right-wing activists reached AMU gates the second time and why no action was taken by the police to resist them. The AMU students alleged that the protesters were from Hindu Yuva Vahini, and were allowed to leave a police station after being initially detained. AMU vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital today, where three of the AMU students injured after the police lathi-charge are being treated.

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