SRINAGAR: Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) has condemned the recent incident of violence and “brutal” assault on the students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) by Hindu Yuva Vahini activists which was followed by cane-charging of student union leaders by UP police.
A spokesperson of KUTA in a statement issued here said there was no justification of police action against those peacefully protesting against vandalising and manhandling by Hindu Yuva Vahini leaders who “had forced their entry into the AMU and raised objectionable and intimidating slogans inside the campus”.
He expressed solidarity with the students and teachers of AMU and demanded immediate arrest of hooligans and strict legal action against them for vitiating the peaceful atmosphere within the campus.
“KUTA also condemned the actions of a Rajya Sabha member of the ruling political party who had shared a controversial article titled ‘Somebody needs to teach AMU a lesson. Who will do it?’ on his official twitter page that reportedly led to incitement of violence against students of AMU,” the spokesperson said.
KUTA calls for all necessary measures to prevent such attacks on minority institutions in future and demands an immediate cessation of undue interference of few “rogue” politicians in the functioning of higher education institutions.
The spokesperson said the most worrying part of the whole episode is the “active connivance and safety cover provided by the UP police and administration to the hoodlums of Hindu Yuva Vahini”.
“KUTA registers its protest and condemnation against all such hooliganism and lawless activities of the saffron brigade,” the spokesperson said.