A magisterial inquiry reveals that there were lapses at the end of Local Intelligence Unit and police in the violence that occurred on May 2 at Aligarh Muslim University with regards to the removal of Muhammad Ali Jinah’s portrait from the campus.
While talking to a media organization, Uday Singh, Additional District Magistrate said, “The report which I have submitted to the district administration last month suggested lapses on the part of the then Station House Officer (SHO) of Civil Lines police station, who could not stop the Hindu right-wing forces entering the university campus.”
The ADM further added, “The police could have easily stopped them and the violence would not have taken place. The LIU should have informed the district administration. It miserably failed, leading to the violence.”
Earlier, Satish Gautam BJP MP from Aligarh had written to AMU’s Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor for an explanation with regards to the portrait of Jinnah placed at the Students’ Union Office. Later, various Hindu outfits clashed with the students of the university, leaving many injured.
On the demand for the removal of portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah from the Student’s Union Office, VC Tariq Mansoor had said, “the portrait had been in the university since 1938 and it was put up at many places including the Bombay High Court and Sabarmati Ashram.”