Mohd Aasif | Clarion India
ALIGARH – Police arrested Farhan Zuberi, one of the former cabinet members of Aligarh Muslim University Student Union (AMUSU), here on Thursday at around 2 pm from Mandrak road and sent to Aligarh District jail. Later, he was remanded into judicial custody till June 20.
Confirming the arrest, Aligarh City SP, Abhishek, said, “Farhan has been arrested on Thursday and has been booked under 11 charges.”
Along with Farhan Zuberi, the police had arrested another student of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Ravish Ali Khan. However, they set Ravish free as there was no FIR registered against him.
“He (Farhan) has been booked on a charge of attempted murder because the injuries suffered by the police from stone-pelting were of serious nature,” SP Singh said.
The police accused Farhan of pelting stones on cops and damaging public property on December 15, 2019. “The accused, along with other AMU students, pelted stones in a bid on life of the cops on duty and damaged public property,” reads a police document tweeted by the Aligarh Police.
“Farhan obstructed police from discharging their duty, delivered hate speeches to disturb social harmony in the society and burnt an effigy of the prominent personalities,” narrated the police.
When whole word is busy in figting #COVID19 pandemic.Indian govt ia using this as a gift to attack muslim activists who were leading peaceful anti caa protest.Police is being used as a weapon to further suppress the suppressed community #ReleaseFarhanZuberi #ReleaseRavishAliKhan pic.twitter.com/L0dmDBGIyA
— All Indian Muslim Council–AIMC (@Aimc4india) May 28, 2020
As part of university’s coordination committee, Farhan has been an active member of the anti-CAA movement in the AMU. On the night of December 15, 2019, a clash broke out between the students and the police. The Aligarh Police cracked down on the campus and entered hostels forcing inmates to vacate the rooms.
The same night, as per media reports, two hostel rooms were caught fire due to tear gas shells fired on the protesting students. The movement was triggered by a rumour that two Jamia students were shot, according to a report appearing in a national daily. Internet services were shut down in the area and the university declared winter vacations till January 5, 2020.
The arrest of the students and activists during the Covid lockdown, has attracted the criticism from all quarters. All Indian Muslim Council tweeted, “When whole world is busy fighting #COVID19 pandemic, Indian government is using this as a gift to attack Muslim activists who were leading peaceful anti-CAA protests. Police is being used as a weapon to further suppress the suppressed community.”
“Government is taking advantage of this lockdown to lock the voices before they start questioning the government again.” They want to terrorize the idea of dissent.#ReleaseFarhanZuberihttps://t.co/jvufrXWaYL
— Maskoor Usmani (@MaskoorUsmani) May 28, 2020
Former president of AMUSU, Maskoor Usmani, wrote on his Twitter account, “Government is taking advantage of this lockdown to lock the voices before they start questioning the government again.” According to Usmani, the government wants to terrorise the idea of dissent.
Protesting the arrest of Zuberi, activists took to social media demanding his release and unleashed the #ReleaseFarhanZuberi.