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Ansari supports AMU students' demand, says timing of incident raises questions

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Breaking his silence, former M Hamid today supported AMU students' demand for action against intruders who created ruckus on the varsity campus over Jinnah portrait issue on May 2, when he was present there for an event, and said their peaceful stir against the transgression is commendable.

The event where was to be conferred the life membership of the Students Union was cancelled due to the alleged violence by right wing Hindu activists.

Ansari, who has studied at AMU, said the disruption, its precise timing, and the "excuse manufactured for justifying it", raises questions.

"The peaceful protest by the (AMU) students against this transgression is commendable. They must ensure that it does not in any way interfere with their academic pursuits.

Their request that action be taken against the intruders and disruptors, after a judicial enquiry, is justified. The authorities of the AMU have made a similar request, he said in a letter to

He said the programme of the day, including an address by him on May 2 in the Kennedy Auditorium, was publicly known. The authorities concerned had been intimated officially and were cognizant of the standard arrangements including security for such occasions.

In view of it, the access of the intruders to close proximity of the where I was staying remains unexplained, he said.

The former also thanked the and its office bearers for conferring the honour on him.

However, disruptions earlier that afternoon by intruders and anti-social elements inimical to the AMU resulted in the cancelling of the event.

This has been rightly condemned by the students and teachers of AMU as also by the AMU alumni the world over, he said.

This is the first time that the former has openly spoken out against the violent protests over Mohammad Ali Jinnah's portrait in (AMU).

Certain groups have been protesting the presence of Jinnah's portrait in the and their protest led to clashes on the campus on May 2.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 20:20 IST