Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students’ union demonstrated against the killing of eight SIMI activists in a police encounter following a jailbreak in Bhopal, demanding a judicial investigation into the matter.
The students handed over a memorandum, addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, to the university’s chief proctor pressing for a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the encounter.
With placards in hands carrying slogans like ‘Muslmano ki hatya band karo’, ‘Hume insaaf chahiye’, ‘Ye Sanghi sarkar ki sazish hai’; AMU students took out a rally from Maulana Aazad Library to the Baav-E-Syed hall.
Addressing the agitators, students’ union president Faizul Hasan charged that “Muslims were being wrongly targeted” ever since the NDA government came to power.
“We are all against terrorists, but the battle against terrorism has to be fought uniting all sections and not by targeting a particular section of people,” he said.
By singling out the “innocents”, the present government was “weakening the fight against terror.”
The union’s vice-president Nadeem Ansari warned that if the present trend continued, the Modi government would ultimately be held accountable for fostering religious extremism and hatred in the country.
AMU students believe that the best way to fight terror, “is to take a stand against injustice wherever it takes place,” said Ansari while offering his condolences to the family of the guard, who was killed in the jailbreak.
One of the protesting students claimed that they had shared a copy of the memorandum with the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in which they had made several pointed questions like why the CCTV in the jail was not functional, why the siren there did not ring and why there were discrepancies in the versions of jail authorities.
Eight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged encounter with the police on Monday after they escaped from Bhopal jail.