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AMU Boils Due To Anti-CAB Protests; UP CM Yogi Adityanath Appeals For Peace

Publish Date: 16 Dec, 2019 11:20 AM   |   Sj Desk  

Lucknow: Amid the ongoing protests that broke out in certain parts of the state including the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Sunday night, urged students to maintain peace and asked them not to pay attention to rumours about the Citizenship Amendment Act.

In a statement past Sunday midnight, Adityanath said, "People should not pay any attention to the rumours about Citizenship Amendment Act being spread by some vested interests."

Asserting that state is committed towards providing security to citizens, Yogi said, "For this, it is necessary that everyone follows the law. Nobody will be allowed to disturb the atmosphere of peace in the state."

Hundreds of AMU students protested against the recently approved Citizenship Amendment Act and even clashed with the police at the campus gate. The university administration announced shut down of the institution till January 5.

Officials said at least 60 students were injured in the clashes.

The AMU campus has been sealed and heavy patrolling is underway, university officials said on Monday.

Injured students were rushed to the Trauma Centre of the Nehru Medical College Hospital that observed a massive gathering of students on Monday morning.

CMO Dr Nisar Ahmed said on last count, around 60 students, most of them with trauma injuries and eye injuries caused by tear gas, are being treated.

Aligarh Muslim University Registrar Abdul Hamid said the police entered the campus late Sunday night and clashes were reported from inside.

Students have been asked to vacate their hostels, he said.

The clashes at AMU started after an agitation by Jamia Millia Islamia students in Delhi against the legislation turned violent and police used batons and tear gas to disperse them. Several students were injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, scores of Banaras Hindu University students also staged a protest at the Lanka Gate on Sunday in support of the AMU students. BHU students from the Left-backed AISA wing, along with other student unions, raised slogans in support of the AMU students.