"The ongoing controversy over the poster of Mohammad Ali Jinnah is nonsense. Who will do it?" on his official Twitter page that reportedly led to incitement of violence against students of AMU.
I appeal everyone to tear and burn down posters of Jinnah and people like him. Jinnah, a founder member of the University Court, had also been given this honour before Partition. Gautam then wrote to the varsity and demanded its removal.
They shouted slogans like "We will not let such respect for Jinnah pass in India", "If you want to remain in India, you must say Vande Mataram", "Vande Mataram, Jai Shri Ram!'" Srivastava said students gathered on the campus in protest and began moving out.
They also highlighted the recent news that Hindu students at AMU protected their Muslim co-students while the latter were doing namaz underlining the secular approach of the students which the fascist RSS seeks to undermine. We can't wait for them to act on this issue.
Just when one thought things couldn't plummet further, there were reports of Jinnah's picture being plastered in public toilets across Aligarh by students of a particular college. "A case was also registered in this context". "You are an Indian today because of them".
The AMU students also clashed with the police, resulting in 28 students and 13 policemen sustaining injuries.
On Friday, Section 144 of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) was imposed in Aligarh and internet services were suspended to prevent the communal flare-up.
"There will be no internet services from 2 pm today to 12 midnight tomorrow", district magistrate Chandra Bhushan Singh said.
He said that such archival photographs continue to be placed in many other national institutions of importance and none of the visiting dignitaries invited by the Students' Union after independence, including Jawaharlal Nehru and Jinnah's arch opponent Maulana Azad or Dr Rajendra Prasad and Dr S Radhakrishnan had objected to this display of Jinnah's photo.