AGRA Four students of Aligarh Muslim University were booked on Monday for participating in a protest march on the university campus on Sunday night to express solidarity with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Asia. The Aligarh police registered a case at the Civil Lines police station against the four students named in the FIR.
About 100 students gathered at Duck Point on the Aligarh Muslim University campus for the march. They proceeded to march to the Bab-e-Syed Gate of the AMU, chanting slogans in support of the Palestinians and condemning Israel for its “domination and atrocities against civilians.”
Professor Mohd Wasim Ali, proctor of Aligarh Muslim University, acknowledged the protest march but stressed that it was carried out without the permission required for such activities on the university campus.
“No prior permission was sought or granted to the students. We heard about a gathering of 100 students at Duck Point. A team from the supervision department was sent to check on the students, but by then they had already left,” said professor Mohd Wasim Ali on Monday.
“We are still assessing how many of them were AMU students and how many were outsiders who joined them. The university administration is addressing this issue and related aspects are being discussed,” Professor Ali added, confirming that the four students named in the police case were AMU students.
Meanwhile, on Monday, Aligarh police took action after receiving a report from the police post in charge and assigned a circle officer to investigate the matter. Subsequently, a case was opened against the four AMU students.
“Police at Civil Lines Police Station in Aligarh received information about a protest march taken out by students on the Aligarh Muslim University campus. These students did not have permission to organize such a protest march, which focused on an international issue and involved the use of provocative and objectionable slogans,” said Mrigank Shekhar Pathak, Aligarh City Superintendent of Police.
“As a result, a police officer at the circle officer level initiated an investigation and a case was registered based on the report submitted by police post-in-charge and sub-inspector Azhar Hasan at Civil Lines police station in Aligarh. Pathak continued.
The case has been filed under sections 153A (promotion of enmity between different groups), 188 (disobedience to orders promulgated by public servant) and section 505 (statements leading to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code, according to SP City Aligarh. Mrigank Shekhar Pathak.
Satish Gautam, two-time BJP MP from Aligarh, strongly criticized the protest march and accused the AMU students of ignoring law and public order.
“It seems that students of Aligarh Muslim University have a tendency to participate in activities that promote negativity in the nation. While our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s anti-terrorism policy is being applauded across the world, it seems that AMU is still stuck in the times when its students used to become terrorists and were fought by the armed forces,” Gautam said.
He added: “Israel is defending its sovereignty and I support it,” emphasizing his support for the country of Israel.