Armed tribals “captured” a piece of land of the proposed campus of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) here on Sunday, triggering protests.

Carrying bows and arrows, a group of tribals, along with Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Legislative Council Dilip Kumar Jayswal reached the spot and performed puja to “capture” the land, official sources said.

The tribals alleged the site was “ bandobast ” land given to them free of cost by the government for their livelihood and had been wrongfully acquired, sources said.

Angry over the tribals’ action, members of minority community under leadership of Rashtriya Janata Dal MLA Akhtaru Imam protested on the streets and disrupted traffic.

District authorities rushed to the site and took away the tribals, sources said, adding two persons were arrested in this connection.

Bihar had recently handed over 224 acres under Chatla panchayat of Kisanganj for the proposed AMU campus. — PTI

  • Site given to us free of cost by government: Tribals

  • They alleged it had been wrongfully acquired