The Dean’s remarks infuriated the agitating students who felt that they were being threatened and pressurised to call off their stir.
When contacted, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) spokesperson Shafey Kidwai admitted that some of the “off the cuff remarks” by the Dean might have caused confusion.
“He had, however, no intention of threatening the protesting students but was just reminding them of some past events which the university had witnessed and which were even worse than today’s crisis,” Kidwai clarified.
He said that the Vice Chancellor’s initiative was part of an ongoing outreach programme to persuade the protesting students in different faculties to start attending classes “even while continuing with their peaceful protest against what they feel is unjust legislation”.
Meanwhile, seven students including two former leaders were booked by the police for brandishing their shoes at university Proctor Afifullah Khan after he objected to outsiders joining the protest on the campus.
According to circle officer Anil Samania, Nadeem Ansari, the former vice president of students’ union and Hamza Sufian were booked under relevant sections of the IPC following a written complaint by the proctors’ office.
The incident happened on January 17 when a large number of students were protesting on the campus and the proctor reportedly objected to the presence of some outsiders.
Students at AMU on Thursday also held a meeting to register support for film star Nasiruddin Shah, an alumnus of AMU, who they alleged was being targeted by sections of social media for voicing his support for anti-CAA protests.
The varsity’s teachers’ body — Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) took out a procession demanding a judicial inquiry into last month’s campus violence.
They also passed a resolution urging AMU students to end their boycott of classes and exams while simultaneously carrying out peaceful protests against CAA.