A picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has replaced that of the Aligarh Muslim University founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, which disappeared mysteriously from the PWD guesthouse in Khair, a town near Aligarh, reports said.
Pradip Ratnam, PWD superintending engineer in Khair, said the state government had ordered that pictures of Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath be hung in the guesthouse while seeking an explanation why Sir Syed’s portrait had been removed.
“Guesthouse staff have been asked to explain why Sir Syed’s portrait was removed,” he told reporters. “There’s an instruction from the government to put up pictures of the Prime Minister and the chief minister.”
Modi’s picture has been hung exactly at the spot from where Sir Syed’s picture vanished on Friday amid a controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait at Aligarh Muslim University. Adityanath’s picture is yet to be put up. Sir Syed’s portrait remains missing.
At least three video clips have gone viral showing people with saffron scarves round their necks burning posters of Jinnah in Khair.
AMU has put off all exams for five days because of student protests demanding the arrest of the Hindu Jagran Manch and Hindu Yuva Vahini activists who had stormed the campus to try and remove Jinnah’s portrait on Wednesday and clashed with them.
Amit Goswami of the Vahini and Yogesh Varshney of the Manch were arrested on Sunday while planning a march to the AMU gate, where the students are demonstrating.