ALIGARH — Protests continued on the third day on Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus in Uttar Pradesh against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill — passed by Parliament through stages this week.
On Thursday, the students continued their boycott of classes and dining halls. The previous day, around 25,000 hostellers had skipped their meals. Several hundred students gathered outside the campus gate and student leaders addressed them. “We (Muslims) too have stakes in this country and we will not give up our rights,” declared Abdullah Azzam, former student’s union president.
The students were also addressed by politician and anti-corruption activist Yogendra Yadav, who appreciated their decision to strongly come out against the bill. Without naming anyone, Yadav said the secular parties were equally responsible for the present situation.
Lawyer and activist S Muzzakir, while addressing the students, said the lack of reaction from the Muslim community in general to the Ayodhya verdict was deeply disappointing. But, he added, “The way this university has protested in past three days is worth appreciation.” He spoke at length on the discrimination against Muslims here on the basis of their religious identity.