AGRA: Following the receipt of Allahabad High Court orders restraining protests at the main gate and within a radius of 100 mts of the AMU’s administrative Block and the Vice Chancellor’s lodge, the varsity authorities on Wednesday designated a spot, near the campus’s duck point for protests .
In its order, dated May 17, the copy of which was received by the university recently, the court has directed the district administration and the SSP, to ensure that no person is allowed to stage protest on the main gate of the university or within the 100 meter radius of the administrative block and vice chancellor’s lodge. The court’s order came on a petition filed by the university in light of the protest and dharna being held by students who could not clear the Phd entrance examination. The protest has been going on for the last 59 days at the varsity’s main gate.
Incidentally, in 2017, the Delhi high court had prohibited protests at Jawahar Lal Nehru (JNU) university within 100 meters of the administrative and academic buildings and also directed the university to designate a suitable place on the campus for this purpose. The JNU administration had designated the Sabarmati Lawns for this purpose.
In their petition, the Aligarh Muslim University has stated that the protesting students have blocked the main entrance of administrative gate of the university, as such, causing hindrance in Ingress and egress of the employees and officials of the administrative building. It was further stated that due to dharna, rally, and procession, law and order situation has deteriorated and it has become impossible for administrative authorities of the university to carry out day to day functioning of the university.
The court has also permitted the university to install CCTVs in front of the administrative block and other relevant areas so that there shall be a clear view of the area around the administrative block including the main gate.
When contacted, registrar of the university, Abdul Hamid, said that the court’s decision has come out as a major respite to the university as almost 50 protests have been held in the past one year. He said, “following the court’s order, the university can now conduct academic activities in a peaceful manner”. He added that the university has informed the district administration and police chief about the same.
Hamid said that the university administration has designated a spot for “democratic protests” by students.
Senior Superintendent of police (SSP) Akash Kulhary said, “We will certainly comply with the high court’s order and ensure that the protests are held at the spot designated by the AMU authorities”.