Two Hindu students were expelled from the Faiz-e-Aam Muslim College, an Inter College in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, for reading the Hanuman Chalisa rather than the Quran. According to the victim students, they were required to read a few words from the Quran but instead decided to read the Hanuman Chalisa, and as a result, they were made to leave the institute.

The Hindu students who were expelled from the campus are reportedly accused of fomenting religious panic, according to the reports. One of the victims has admitted that he was expelled from college for reading the Hanuman Chalisa rather than the Quran, but the other student claims he has no idea why he was expelled.

The precise sequence of events was given by class 11 student Sourav Yadav. He claimed that as he was sitting and reading some of Rahim’s couplets, a Muslim student seated next to him objected and asked him to read the Quran instead. Then, instead of reading the Quran, Saurav Yadav started reading the Ramayana and the Hanuman Chalisa. After receiving complaints from the Muslim students, the college administration removed Sourav’s name from the rolls and gave him a Transfer Certificate.

Madhavendra Pratap Singh has been named as the other Hindu student who was dismissed from the college. Madhavendra claimed he had no idea what had actually transpired and had no idea why his name had been removed from the college. He claimed that while he was completing his scientific assignment in class, something occurred that led to his dismissal.

In response to the situation, Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, a member of the college leadership, angrily refuted the claims made by the two Hindu pupils. He referred to it as a conspiracy and claimed that the college’s reputation was being intentionally tarnished by the pupils. Sharad Sharma, the provincial media coordinator for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has called for the detention of the college manager and principal in this matter. The Hindu group has also threatened to bring the matter before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath if no action is taken in the next three days. While inquiries are being made, DM Nitish Kumar is investigating the situation.

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