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

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Jinnah has again hit headlines as some groups have protested against the portrait of Pakistan's founder at the office of Aligarh Muslim University student union's office.

The comment comes after UP CM Adityanath on the matter of Jinnha portrait said that state can't intervene in matters of Central university.

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.

Violence broke out on the AMU campus on Wednesday as the row over the portrait triggered a right-wing protest.

The BJP and the RSS are targeting minority institutions, the RLD national general secretary said at a meeting of a minority body. The measure has been taken to prevent rumour mongering. 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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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. They also highlighted the recent news that Hindu students at AMU protected their Muslim co-students while the latter were doing namaz underlining the secular approach of the students which the fascist RSS seeks to undermine.

The row started after local BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to AMU, raising objections to the portrait. They said members of certain outfits entered the campus and disrupted the peaceful academic environment there. Lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar, too, waded into the controversy by saying that not only Jinnah but also the temples built for Godse must be condemned.

Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani, president of the AMU Student's Union (AMUSU), demanded a judicial enquiry and arrest of the persons responsible for breaking law and order at the university.

He further said that there was no reason to display the picture in any Indian institute after Partition, adding that there was no justification for having the picture of Jinnah in the university.