Just a day before President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for its 65th annual convocation, the Uttar Pradesh police reportedly served a notice to six students from the university who were opposing the visit.
The notice was served under Section 107 and 108 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) – that deal with apprehension of disruption of peace in an area. The notice also directed them to file bonds worth Rs 5 lakh each, and give an undertaking that they will maintain peace, reported The Times of India.
The six students in question are former AMU Students' Union (AMUSU) vice-president Mohd Nadeem Ansari, Mohd Junaid Ahmad, Adnan Aamir, Jayad Shervani, Rao Faraj Waris and Imran Khan.
Ansari, the former AMUSU VP, had allegedly advocated for a black flag welcome for the President.
Responding to the issuing of the notice, Imran Khan had told BBC Hindi:
"Our opposition is not against the President. Instead, we oppose the entry of those people who have a Sangh ideology and are (probably) coming with Kovind. We will give an answer to this notice through our lawyer." - Imran Khan
Students of AMU had been divided over Kovind's presence on the campus on 7 March – primarily because of the controversial comments made by him in 2010, wherein he reportedly said, “Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation”.
Opposing the President's visit, current AMUSU vice-president Sajad Subhan Rather had categorically asserted that "the president's visit is unwelcome till he does not give a public apology".
However, the students’ union president Maskoor Ahmad Usmani, in a statement to The Quint, had said that President Kovind’s visit to the university was a “matter of pride” and everyone would welcome him. However, he did warn against the presence of any “rabble-rousers” on the day of the convocation.
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