Published: 24th December 2019
AMUSU releases report detailing attacks on students, police brutality on campus on Dec 15
The report also calls upon the President Ram Nath Kovind, requesting him to visit the campus and meet students who were subjected to state sponsored violence
The Aligarh Muslim University Students' Union has released a report on Monday evening detailing the series of events that took place at the varsity since the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed in the Parliament earlier month. The report explains the circumstances under which the AMU students were a victim of police brutality on December 15. The in-depth report, alongwith pictures and news articles, details the plight of the students peacefully protesting against the CAA and the ones who were not a part of the demonstrations but attacked. It reveals the details of use of force and documents the cases of torture and illegal detention by the police in Uttar Pradesh.
AMUSU President Mohammad Salman Imtiaz told Edex that the report is meant to convey a message to the country's Prime Minister regarding the situation at the varsity. "We want to keep the Prime Minister of the nation informed that the lives of AMU students are not safe. If anything untoward happens to any student of AMU, boy or a girl, he will be responsible for that. Our safety must be ensured as there are rumours which indicate that the police might chose some kind of illegal means to hurt AMU students," added Salman.
The report goes on to say that the AMU teachers have been protesting against CAA and NRC and had joined the students' protests call, a move that was welcomed by all students and appreciated by entire Aligarh fraternity. However, the AMUSU on behalf of the students have said in their report that the teachers are yet to meet their expectations in terms of support. "On December 15, when the state went ruthless, we found AMU teachers missing from the scene. They failed to save students from the state terror and made no efforts to save the students lives on the 15th night. In the post police horror days, they are yet to meet our expectations. They did condemn the police high handedness but that is not enough. It is high time for teachers of AMU to rise beyond and above their differences, and take a clear position as to which side they belong to: with students or with the VC and Registrar," it says.
Salman added they have put forward a certain set of demands to the AMU teachers. "We have demanded that they unanimously pass a resolution from AMU Teachers’ Association, condemning the role of AMU VC and Registrar in mishandling the AMU affairs, exposing the university to state terror and demand their immediate resignation. There is no reason for teachers to stay quiet on the role of AMU VC and Registrar. The reluctance of AMU teachers towards AMU VC and Registrar will be counted as disservice to our university’s vision, breach of students' trust and be deemed as shielding of the main culprits who opened the gates for state excesses," he said.
The report also calls upon the President Ram Nath Kovind, requesting him to visit the campus and meet students who were subjected to state sponsored violence. "He must withdraw his approval to CAA and declare it null and void," it says.
And finally the students stated that they will continue their protests unless their demands are met and the CAA is revoked.
List of demands put forward by the students at AMU:
- The students demand an immediate withdrawal of Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019.
- The students demand an immediate resignation of Tariq Mansoor, AMU Vice Chancellor, Abdul Hamid IPS and the entire Proctrial team for their mishandling of the affairs of AMU.
- The students demand a High-Profile Enquiry by the sitting judge of Supreme Court of India regarding the December 15 state- sponsored violence at AMU and a stringent punishment to perpetrators of state terror.
- The students demand government jobs as per profile of the students who have been grievously injured in the brutal police action.
- The students demand immediate restoration of university functioning and academic activity.
- The students demand immediate revocation of farcical charges against AMU Students and registration of FIR against the police.