AMU student booked for controversial post on late Vajpayee

An Aligarh Muslim university student pursuing bachelors was booked by the Aligarh Police on Sunday for making alleged controversial remarks against former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on social media, Facebook.

The student, Umar Rana, posted his objection towards the university’s closure on the late PM’s demise and added material related to Babri Masjid with it. He later deleted the post.

He has been booked under section 153a (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, language) and 153b (by words either spoken or written) of IPC on the basis of a complaint filed by a policeman under civil lines police station. He has however not been arrested yet.

The university has also decided to issues a show cause notice to the student. The university’s proctor, Mohsin Khan said that the student will be issued the show cause notice seeking explanation for making such controversial comments on social media.

In two separate incidents, an assistant professor of the sociology department, Sanjay Kumar, of Mahatma Gandhi Central University was assaulted after he shared a Facebook post that was critical of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihar Vajpayee. In the comments section, he had written, “Fascivad ke ek Yug ki samapti. Atal ji anant yatra par nikle (The end of an era of fascism. Atal ji embarks on another journey)”, and a corporator was arrested for opposing a resolution in the municipal corporation to pay tributes to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The incident took place during the general body meeting of the civic body, ruled by the BJP-Shiv Sena combine, here in central Maharashtra. After the meeting began, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) corporator Raju Vaidya tabled a proposal to pay tributes to Vajpayee. Rashid opposed it, which infuriated the saffron party members, who allegedly physically abused him.

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