Mob Attack on Family Triggers Protest by AMU Students

At least two members of a family were injured in an alleged mob attack at a railway station in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, triggering protests by Aligarh Muslim University students who said it was an attempt to lynch them.

The attack took place following an altercation on Sunday as the family of Afsana Begum was getting off a train while some other passengers were trying to get into the same compartment, according to a complaint lodged with the railway police.

“A little later, about 30 people reached there and attacked Afsana Begum’s family members,” their complaint said.

Police said that two family members, Shafiq and Fahim, were admitted at AMU's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College. Afsana Begum told the reporters that four others suffered minor injuries.

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Before the complaint could be lodged with the railway police, the assailants had fled. AMU students said that they were outsiders.

As the news spread, several Aligarh Muslim University students gathered at the station, demanding the arrest of the unidentified assailants.

Afsana Begum’s family had come from Kannauj for the medical treatment of her son Shafiq.

The situation was defused after GRP inspector Yashpal Singh assured them that the culprits would be booked.

Students Demand Arrest of Assailants Within 48 Hrs

On Monday, former AMU student union president Salman Imtiaz led a protest march.

In a memorandum handed over to the district authorities, the students demanded the arrest of those involved in the attack within 48 hours.

They warned that they would intensify their stir if the attackers are not nabbed by then.

The memorandum called the incident a “failed attempt at mob lynching” and “a deliberate attempt to foment communal violence.”

It has also demanded a judicial inquiry. The memorandum also mentioned that last week some right-wing groups had tried to trigger communal tension by calling for a ban on burqas at a local college.

The AMU Teachers Association general secretary Najmul Islam has also demanded a probe into the railway station attack.

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