• Owaisi slams vice chancellors of Jamia, AMU university

Hyderabad: Hyderabad MP and AIMIM party leader Asaduddin Owaisi is not one to mince words. In his speech at the protest pubic meeting at Darussalam on December 22, the parliamentarian was direct in his criticism against the vice chancellors of Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim university.

Condemning the police crackdown against students from Jamia and Aligarh university, the Hyderabad MP slammed the VC of AMU by wishing him a dog’s death. “If I talk about the Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, I would like to tell him, when the time comes for him to leave this world. I hope the angels, which take the life of dogs, come and take way your life as well, Insha Allah.”

Questioning the VC’s decision which allowed free-rein to police on AMU campus, Owaisi said, “This vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University writes to the police to ‘Use appropriate force’. Which vice-chancellor writes to the police and asks them to barge into the university campus? And because of this, a student lost his hand in this violence. Hostel buildings and rooms were burnt.”

Earlier, AMU Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor had said on December 18, that the university authorities made the “painful decision” to call police to the campus during a protest because of the “anti-social elements” that had infiltrated the premises.

The politician, empathizing with the students’ plight, asked, “What were these students doing, these two girls who we have brought here to address the gathering? What did they have in their hands, weapons, guns? They were trying to rescue their friends. This is the violence that we need to fight against.”

The AIMIM leader did not spare the VC of Jamia university either. Launching a tirade against VC Najma Akhtar, Owaisi said, “Your loyalty does not lie with the students, but lies with the RSS. That vice chancellor gave the permission to police, and it was under her order that the police got inside the campus. They also got in the library, and the police beat up a student by the name Minhajuddin, so bad that he had turned blind in one eye.”

However, the vice chancellor of Jamia Milia Islamia had categorically stated on December 18 that they did not give permission to the police to enter campus. “We will file FIR on damage of property and police action on students and we demand a high-level inquiry,” she said.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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