Former IPS officer Abdur Rehman barred from addressing anti-CAA protest at AMU

Mr. Rehman, who had resigned from his post in December last year in protest against the CAA, was detained at Lodha Police Station in Aligarh

February 03, 2020 12:48 pm | Updated 12:51 pm IST - Aligarh

AMU students protesting at the Chungi Chauraha in Aligarh on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

AMU students protesting at the Chungi Chauraha in Aligarh on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Former special inspector general of police (IGP) Abdur Rehman, who was set to address a protest at the Aligarh Muslim University against the amended citizenship law, was detained by police here and asked to return to New Delhi.

Mr. Rehman, who had resigned from his post in December last year in protest against the CAA, was detained at Lodha Police Station in Aligarh on Sunday.

The former IPS officer from Maharashtra told reporters that he was served a written notice by police stating that his presence at the AMU could lead to a law and order problem, and hence he decided to comply with this missive “and would come back” again after he gets permission.

Mr. Rehman said he was invited at the university on Sunday by the AMU Students Co-ordination Committee to address them on the Citizenship Amendment Act.

He had resigned from his post on December 11, 2019 in protest against the the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which later got President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent, turning it into an act.

“This bill is against the religious pluralism of India. I request all justice loving people to oppose the Bill in a democratic manner. It runs against the very basic feature of the Constitution,” he had said.

“The bill is against the basic feature of the Constitution. I condemn this bill. In civil disobedience I have decided not attend office from tomorrow. I am finally quitting the service,” Mr. Rehman had said in a statement.

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