Condemning the remark made by Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath regarding AMU students “intending to burn down Aligarh city,” AMU teacher’s association wrote to President Ramnath Kovind. The letter urges the President to expunge those remarks from the official records of the state assembly.
On Wednesday, Adityanath had said in the assembly, “I had alerted the Aligarh administration after the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia university. There were 15,000 students of AMU who took to the streets and wanted to burn Aligarh city but their game plan was averted by an alert police.”
AMUTA expressed its shock in the remarks and sought a clarification from the CM.
“AMUTA expresses deep resentment over the statement made by the Uttar Pradesh chief minister on false inputs and seeks clarification from his office,” the letter said.
“AMUTA appeals his Excellency to ask the Speaker of the UP Assembly to take up the matter with the chief minister and expunge the words from the official records. The statement made by the chief minister has dented the image of AMU,” it added.
The association also went on to say that the allegations were baseless and unfounded.
“It is being submitted that as a matter of fact, the sad and painful events that took place on the intervening night of December 15 and December 16, 2019, is being in the judicature of the Allahabad High Court, and hence the matter is sub-judice,” the letter read.
Meanwhile, the Student co-ordination committee spokesperson Faizul Hasan said that Adityanath was trying to protect police from accusations of brutalities.
“The chief minister is deliberately twisting facts to falsely implicate students and thus, shielding the police from allegations of brutalities,” he said.
“Either the chief minister has been grossly misinformed or he is deliberately trying to frame those who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act.”
Six students were injured in a violent crackdown of protest by the UP police at AMU on the night of December 15. The students were protesting against police violence at Delhi’s Jamia Millia University.