AMU VC Tariq Mansoor heckled

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor was heckled on Sunday by a group of students, when he was addressing the Republic Day function held amid tight security on the campus.

In his speech, the VC termed the recent happenings on the campus as “unfortunate” and said peaceful protests will be allowed on any issue within the ambit of law.

AMU has been rocked by protests by students and teachers against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

When the Vice Chancellor was giving his concluding remarks on Republic Day, a group of students raised slogans demanding his removal. A minor tussle also erupted between two groups of students. Security staff stepped in and whisked away four of the hecklers. They were taken to the Proctor’s office but were later released.

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According to the spokesman of the Students’ Coordination Committee, Ansab Amir, few students, identified as Tahir Azmi, Rafiuddin, Sudhir Gulati and AM Faraz, who were protesting during the Vice Chancellor’s speech were picked up by the University’s security staff and taken to the police station. They were released later.

Meanwhile, police on Saturday night raided the residence of a senior university faculty member, Prof Tariq Usmani, searching for his son Sharjeel Usmani, a prominent student leader. Prof Usmani alleged that the police “misbehaved” with him and asked him to report at the police station on Monday.

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