New Delhi, 28th December 2022. Retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Markandey Katju has written a letter to the Vice Chancellor of AMU on the alleged misbehaviour with Kashmiri students at Aligarh Muslim University.
Following is the text of the letter and Justice Katju’s Facebook post regarding the incident.
Full text of Justice Katju’s letter to VC AMU
I am a former Supreme Court Judge, and am a Kashmiri.
I saw on twitter today that a few days back some Kashmiri students of AMU were beaten up by non Kashmiri students in MM Hostel of AMU.
As a Kashmiri I am naturally concerned about the welfare of Kashmiri students.
I request you to get a thorough enquiry made into the incident, and punish the guilty. Kashmiri students are only a small percentage of the total number of students of AMU, and they must not be harassed or treated badly by the majority
Please keep me informed of the action you have taken in this connection
Justice Katju’s Facebook post related to the incident
“I saw on twitter just now that Kashmiri students in AMU were beaten up by non Kashmiri students.
Since I am a Kashmiri, I am naturally concerned about the welfare of the Kashmiri students, and I intend to take up the issue with the Vice Chancellor. But before I do so I would like to know what exactly happened.
Can any of you conversant the facts kindly inform me about it ?
I spoke just now on telephone with Huzaifa Amir Rashadi, the outgoing Gen Secy of AMU Students Union who is presently in Azamgarh. He said that his information is that this incident happened a couple of days back in MM Hostel when non Kashmiri students were playing badminton at night and making a lot of noise, to which the Kashmiri students objected as it was disturbing their studies. At this the non Kashmiri students, who are numerically several times the number of Kashmiri students, beat up the latter.
I intend to ask the VC to get a thorough enquiry made, and punish the guilty students. Kashmiris are only a small percentage of the total AMU students, and must not be harrassed or treated badly in any way.”