Hundreds of students from the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Monday (January 6) held a rally on the varsity campus after holding a Tiranga march from Purani Changi to Babey Sir Syed Gate to protest against the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last evening.
Raising slogans like, “JNU tum sangharsh karo, hum tumhare saath hain (JNU you fight, we are with you),” the protesters handed over a memorandum, addressed to President of India, to the district authorities here.
The memorandum by the AMU students, among other things, also demanded “immediate punishment to those responsible for the attack on JNU students and teachers.” It also sought action against policemen allegedly responsible for killing peaceful protesters in some parts of the country during the recent anti-CAA protests.
The protestors also sought the release of all detained, anti-CAA protesters.
Also condemning the recent attack at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib in Pakistans Punjab, the memorandum said, “We strongly oppose any attempt to enforce majoritarianism in any country.”
The resolution further urged the president of India to ensure that no attempt is made by the government to crush the citizens’ Fundamental Right to hold peaceful protests against any issue, including the CAA. The students also urged the president, who is also the visitor of the central varsity, to immediately take steps for reopening it.
The AMU students’ march and rally on Monday in protest against the attack on JNU students and teachers by masked miscreants on Sunday (January 5) evening was the second one in as many days.
They had held a demonstration on late Sunday evening as well soon after the news of attack on JNU students and teachers reached here.
A spokesperson for protesting AMU students had said on Sunday that a march was held in the night to express solidarity with the JNU students, who were attacked by masked men armed with sticks.
In a statement, the AMU Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) too had condemned the violence.