The Aligarh Muslim University administration Thursday filed a police complaint to lodge an FIR against Hindu Yuva Vahini’s (HYV) state president Sunil Singh and other office bearers for allegedly calling the AMU “a nursery of terrorism”. Singh, during a press conference on Wednesday, had also accused AMU students of having links with the Islamic State (IS).
BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, is the patron of HYV.
The complaint has been lodged by AMU spokesperson Dr Rahat Abrar at Civil Lines police station in Aligarh.
“The statements of HYV leaders alleging the AMU students to be in close contact with the IS pose a serious threat to the peace and the law and order situation of the city. The allegations, as reported in some Hindi dailies, were made by HYV leaders including Singh, Aligarh division in-charge Mahant Kaushal Nath, Kanpur division in-charge Vijay Narayan Singh and Aligarh-Agra division in-charge Sampurnanand. The complaint has been handed over to the police for lodging a case against them,” Abrar said.
Abrar said AMU vice-chancellor (V-C) Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah has taken a serious note of the “baseless allegations”, which were a “deliberate attempt to tarnish the University’s image and defame its students”. AMU will also initiate a defamation suit against HYV leaders, he added.
In a statement, Shah said that AMU was a secular institution open to all without any distinction of religion, caste, creed, language and region. “The university is a citadel of pluralistic ethos, mutual tolerance and peaceful coexistence. AMU is proud to be enshrined in the letter and spirit of the Constitution of India as an institution of national importance. All students in this university live together and engage in academic activities without any division,” the statement reads.
Another Muslim organisation, Millat Bedari Muhim Committee ( MBMC ), also gave a complaint to the police to lodge an FIR against HYV leaders. MBMC secretary Jasim Mohammad said that Singh made the “false allegations against AMU under a conspiracy to engineer riots in Aligarh”.
Civil Lines police station SHO Surya Kant Dwivedi told The Indian Express that he has received the complaint but an FIR would be lodged only after a preliminary inquiry into the allegations.
When contacted, Singh said, “I am ready to face any action and for speaking the truth that AMU has become a nursery of terrorism where Muslim students take out march in support of terrorists such as Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Memon and those who raise pro-Pakistan slogans and are involved in cow slaughter”.
“The loyalty of AMU students remain doubtful and vigilance department should probe those who took out take the out march in support of terrorists. Such students should be sent to Pakistan,” he added.
He added that HYV will hold a Hindu Mahapanchayat at the entrance of AMU very soon on these issues.