President Ramnath Kovind’s AMU Visit Row: Police Serve Notice to 6 Students Calling For ‘Black Flag Protest’, Ask Them to File Rs 5 Lakh Bonds Each
Aligarh, March 7: The Uttar Pradesh Police has issued notice to six students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for opposing President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit in the institute on its 65th annual convocation on Wednesday. The students have been asked to file bonds of Rs 5 lakh each declaring that they would not indulge in any disruptive activities including showing black flags to the President.
Aligarh senior superintendent of police Rajesh Pandey told the Times of India that notices were issued to the students under CrPC’s preventive sections 107 and 116 and they are being asked to file bonds of Rs 5 lakh each. (Also Read: Welcome President Kovind, But Not ‘Sanghi’ Mindset: AMU students)
The students who were issued notices are Mohd Junaid Ahmad, Mohd Nadeem Ansari, Adnan Aamir, Jayad Shervani, Rao Faraj Waris and Imran Khan.
Students have been protesting against the President’s remark made in 2010 against the Muslims and Christians living in the country. “We are not opposing the visit of the President; we oppose the ‘sanghi’ mindset,” student union Secretary Mohammad Fahad had said.
“Our President gave a statement about Muslims and Christians in 2010, saying ‘Muslims and Christians are alien to this nation’. The statement sill stings the students of AMU, but we respect him as the President and welcome him, but at the same time no ‘sanghi’ person accompanying him would be allowed inside the university premises. Those coming as per protocol can come,” Fahad said.
Fahad had also written to the AMU administration regarding the issue and had warned that “no ‘sanghi’ (RSS member) politician would be allowed to enter the university premises and added the students would stage a protest” if it happens.
It is after 32 years that a president will attend a convocation of the AMU. Giani Zail Singh during his tenure as president had attended the 1986 convocation, the sources said.
Former president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was the chief guest at the 1976 convocation, Dr S Radhakrishnan in 1966 and Dr Rajendra Prasad in 1951, they said.
With inputs from Agencies