Attack on former Vice President and AMU Students by local goons, aided by Police
An institute of national and international heritage can come into the news for a variety of reasons. However, under the current regime, it appears that the Government and its Ministers can only view one thing in the students of AMU or JNU – Anti-national sentiments, and seditious intentions. And they can fall down to any level to curb this deemed lack of respect for the country.
After thwarting many attempts of peaceful protests or proceedings in Jawahar Lal University, the self-acclaimed protectors of national interests, have set their sights firmly on AMU.
In a widely deplorable incident today, the Uttar Pradesh Police lathi-charged, and used tear-gas bombs after armed members of Hindu YuvaVahini, accompanied by uniformed policemen, came down to forcefully enter and attack the Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, right before the visit of ex-Vice President of India, Muhammad Hamid Ansari Sahab, in the guise of a controversy surrounding a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah hanging in the Union Hall of AMU Students’ Union.
The BJP MP of Aligarh, Satish Gautam, had stirred a controversy over the portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was the first President of Pakistan, inside the Students’ Union Hall of Aligarh Muslim University. RSS Representative Shahnawaaz Hussain accused AMU of harbouring pro-Jinnah and pro-Pakistan views even today. In reply to this, Professor of History, Mohammad Sajjad said, “The portrait that is being discussed has been in the Students’ Union Hall since 1938 when Jinnah was awarded the life membership of AMUSU. The first person to have been documented as a lifetime membership holder was none other than Mahatma Gandhi. In later years, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, J L Nehru, CV Raman, Jai Prakash Narayan, and Maulana AbulKalam Azad, were also awarded the same among many others whose portraits still adorn the walls.”
“The people who are asking for the removal of this portrait after the events of 1947, and the prevalence of two nation theory, do not know about the integrity of not changing historical facts and artefacts, as is clear by their attitude towards historical monuments, and modern syllabi. AMU, unlike the Government, does not believe in distorting history to its favour.” he retorted.
Maskoor Ahmed Usmani, the President of AMUSU, reminded the Central Government of Jinnah House in Mumbai, whose revenues are very profitably collected by the Government of India, and also of Sarvarkar, a revered figure in RSS, who was the President of Hindu MahaSabha 8 times, the same Hindu Mahasabha, that boycotted the Non Cooperation movement, and formed alliances in 2 provinces of the country, along with Mr Jinnah’s Muslim League.
These words, calling them out for their apparent hypocrisy, could not beget a reply in words from the BJP or RSS. In action, however, they replied aplenty.
On Wednesday afternoon, some 30 members of Hindu YuvaVahini, armed with pistols and revolvers, came to the Bab-E-Syed, the central gate of AMU, an institute of national importance, accompanied by uniformed policemen, and attacked the guards and students there as a mark of protest against the portrait, and the Ex VP’s visit, who also happened to be the ex-Vice Chancellor of AMU. On a video sent by a student on the ground level, the policemen can be seen marching in solidarity with the YuvaVahini members, and pretentiously trying to stop them some 50 yards away from the gate, with their own cameras rolling. The goons then wave forth their arsenal shamelessly, endangering the lives of students, as well as Hamid Ansari sahib, who was resting in a building barely meters away from the Gate.
As the Students’ Union postholders and other senior students came to the rescue, a relatively mild altercation occurs, and 6 of the alleged rioters are handed over to the police. The police, surprisingly, or as we later learn, unsurprisingly, did not file an FIR, and released the accused. And the general students began to protest against this biased delivery of justice, at the Bab-E-Syed.
If the students were disappointed with the sequence of events so far, what followed could only have crushed their faith in law and order. The police returned, some 150 stronger, and alongside the now released 6 accused and 50 other members of Hindu YuvaVahini, opened lathi charges, allowed stone pelting, and used tear-gas bombs against any and every general student they could find. The students, majority of whom were fasting, ran for their lives, as the police chased after them inside their own institute. More than 65 students were severely injured, including the President of AMUSU President Maskoor Ahmed Usmani, Secretary Mohd Fahad, and former Vice President Mazin Zaidi, and were taken to the hospital. The SP of Aligarh was seen snatching mobile phones of students/ journalists/ reporters and deleting the video files of the attack on students.
During the entire tenure of this Narendra Modi government, minority rights, institutions, and lives, have been constantly under threat, much like the tenure of his American counterpart Head of State, Donald Trump. Unlike Trump, however, these threats are not condemned on the national scale.
It may have been because of lack of images and videos, that such an attack on an institute of national importance, and national integrity and national system of justice, could not warrant a mention on national news, except for the gracious AajTak reporter who made the convenient mistake of making sure it was the BJP that looked like the unsung hero in this saga. Alternative facts might just have become global now.
After being unconscious for more than two hours, MaskoorUsmani said, “This was a pre-planned, organized attack by the police and RSS members, against the institution, as well as the students. The police could not handle 30 Hindu Vahini members, but held no qualms in brutally beating up thousands of innocent students.”
A General Body Meeting has been called at the time of writing. Any more updates would be provided from the campus.
That is if nobody assaults or takes away the phone of this writer.