It looks like a dispute over Holi but many of us believe it is an election-time quarrel to send a message across the state and polarise the majority voters, said a teacher of the university

By Piyush Srivastava

Tension has gripped Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) following a row between two groups of students over the celebration of Holi on the campus even as sources said it had more to do with the politics of polarisation ahead of the
Lok Sabha elections.

A section of students had on Thursday submitted an application to the university authorities to allow them to play Holi on March 25 on the ground of Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology. Another group of students reached the proctor’s office, chanted slogans against the applicants and threatened to launch a protest if such a demand was approved.

The applicants, who were Hindus, alleged that the Muslim students attacked and injured many of them during a clash on Thursday evening. Police registered a case against 10 students on Friday. Later, some students and BJP workers reached the Civil Lines police station and organised a dharna to mount pressure on the cops to arrest the attackers.

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