25,000 AMU students stage hunger-strike against NRC, CAB

25,000 AMU students stage hunger-strike against CAB, NRC

EC News Desk

Aligarh, December 11, 2019: The Students of Aligarh Muslims University staged a hunger strike against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) that passed by the lower House Monday midnight, with 311 MPs voting in its favour and 80 in opposing it.

“All the dining halls will be locked and a total of 25000 residential students are going to sit on a hunger strike,” one of the students told reporters.

The students think that the barring the Muslims from CAB and the government’s plan of nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) may lead the country to the genocidal intention of government. The students have locked down the university and have also planned to boycott the semester exams.

The students also sent a show-cause notice to the vice-chancellor of AMU Tariq Mansoor, and professors, seeking reasons behind their silence on CAB and NRC. The notice states, “The students of AMU declare that either you join the movement against CAB and stand with us as we raise our voices or we will consider you as collaborators with the establishment.”

The bill is against the constitutional values and affects the majority and minority equally and all should fight this together.

The CAB aims to protect non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution. Under the Bill, any person belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian faith from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan will not be considered an illegal immigrant if the person entered into India on or before December 31, 2014.

(With some inputs from Newsd)