Mob Attack on Family at Aligarh Railway Station, Six injured

Written by Zamser Ali | Published on: September 17, 2019

Several Aligarh Muslim University students gathered at the station, demanding the arrest of the unidentified attackers as news of the assault spread


Aligarh:  In another case of mob violence, six members of a family were injured in an alleged mob attack at a railway station in UP's Aligarh, triggering protests by Aligarh Muslim University students. Students have alleged that this was an attempt to lynch them. The incident took place on Sunday evening (September 14) when the family of Afsana Bano was getting off a train while some other passengers were trying to get into the same compartment, according to a complaint registered with the railway police. The minor squabble turned into an all out mob attack, clearly evidence of the social sanction that such anti-minority attacks currently enjoy.  Reportedly, a few moments later, a crowd of about 30 people reached there and attacked Afsana Begum's family members, their complaint said.

Four family members suffered some injuries and were discharged from AMU's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, while two others, Shafiq and Fahim, remained admitted there. Before their complaint could be registered with the railway police, the alleged attackers had fled. AMU students said they were outsiders.

As the news spread, several Aligarh Muslim University students gathered at the station, demanding the arrest of the unidentified attackers. Afsana Begum's family had come from Kannauj for her son Shafiq's medical treatment to the city. The situation was eased after GRP inspector Yashpal Singh assured them that the culprits would be charged.

On Monday, former AMU student union president Salman Imtiaz led a protest march condemning the incident. In a memorandum handed over to the district authorities, the students demanded the arrest of those involved in the attack within 48 hours. They warned they would intensify their protest if the attackers are not arrested by then.

The memorandum submitted by AMU students dubbed the incident a "failed attempt at mob lynching" and "a deliberate attempt to foment communal violence". It also demanded a judicial inquiry.It alleged that last week, some right-wing groups had tried to trigger communal tension by calling for a ban on burqas at a local college.The AMU Teachers Association general secretary Najmul Islam also demanded a probe into the railway station attack.