Jinnah portrait row: Section 144 imposed, internet services suspended in Aligarh

Tension prevailed in Aligarh and students continued with their sit-in at the university's Baab-e-Syed gate, where they had clashed with the police on Wednesday.

Published: 04th May 2018 04:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th May 2018 04:28 AM   |  A+A-

Police control the situation after a clash between two groups at Aligarh Muslim University on Wednesday. | PTI

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: With tension continuing on the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus following a row over the portrait of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah on the walls of the students’ union hall, the local district magistrate ordered the suspension of internet services and enforced Section 144 in the district on Friday to maintain peace. The order will be in force till Saturday evening.

AMU students, however, continued their protest, demanding action against right wing ‘intimidators’ amid deployment of a heavy security contingent.

“The decision to suspend internet services was taken to ensure peace and check rumour mongering though social media in the wake of the students’ protest, as it could vitiate the atmosphere further,” said a senior district administration official.

AMU vice chancellor Tariq Mansoor visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College Hospital where three students injured in the police lathi-charge are being treated. He later visited the protesting students and assured them of his “solidarity”.

AMU has been in the centre of a storm following a letter from Aligarh BJP MP Satish Gautam questioning the V-C over the portrait of Jinnah and seeking its removal.

Samajwadi Party MP Praveen Nishad on Friday created a flutter by likening Jinnah to Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. In Delhi, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said Jinnah was never an icon for the country and accused the BJP of of playing “dirty politics of sensationalism, divisiveness and  polarisation”.


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