AMU student suspended for raising ‘religious slogan’ on Republic Day

File picture of Aligarh Muslim University

Police have taken cognizance of the incident and asked the AMU authorities to initiate legal action in the matter.

Huneza Khan | 

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ALIGARH (UTTAR PRADESH) —  Aligarh Muslim University on Friday set up a three-member inquiry committee and suspended a student after a video showed some NCC cadets purportedly raising religious slogans following a Republic Day function here, PTI reported.

According to AMU spokesperson Omar Peerzada, the panel has been asked to submit its report within five days. He told PTI that it would probe the entire sequence of events when the official function was over and the audience was dispersing.

In the 17-second video, a group of NCC cadets were seen chanting “Allah hu Akbar” twice near a flagpole. In another 19-second video, another group of NCC cadets could be seen shouting “Bharat Mata ki jai” and “Vande Mataram” in front of a building.

The spokesperson emphasized the incident should be viewed as an aberration in the university’s ethos. A student seen shouting slogans in the first video was suspended on Friday, the spokesperson added.

City Superintendent Police Kuldeep Singh said police have taken cognizance of the incident and have asked the AMU authorities to initiate legal action in the matter.

Samajwadi Party spokesperson Ameesh Jamaai Friday said the entire incident was “engineered to defame the institution”. The entire sequence of events has to be investigated to unearth the truth, he said.

BJP leader in Aligarh Nishit Sharma said raising religious slogans on the auspicious occasion was a “very serious matter”.

Probe against teacher for refusing to recite national anthem
In another incident, the Aligarh Basic Shiksha Adhikari ordered an inquiry into a video where a government primary teacher reportedly refused to recite the national anthem and offer floral tributes to the pictures of Bharat Mata and Goddess Saraswati, the Indian Express reported.

The teacher, identified as Hasmudeen, is posted at a primary school at Laktoi village under the Iglas police station area, the report said.

In the video, other staff members are seen purportedly trying to convince the teacher to offer floral tributes to the pictures but he refused stating his religion allows him to bow his head only before Allah.

“I have directed the block education officer to conduct an inquiry and the next course of action would be initiated on the basis of the report,” said Basic Shiksha Adhikari Satendra Kumar.

Huneza Khan is a journalist from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. She tweets @KhanHuneza