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Audrey Truschke draws flak for claiming AMU students had wrists, fingers chopped off

The Rutgers professor’s tweet kicked up a storm, with some questioning the veracity of her claims, and others putting up press articles ‘corroborating’ her claims.

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New Delhi: Twitter is as much a battleground for the battle between people for and against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as the streets of India. And Audrey Truschke, assistant professor of South Asian history at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, finds herself caught in the middle of this battle due to a tweet she posted Sunday morning.

Truschke tweeted about injuries to students at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), claiming that “a few students had their wrists cut off. Many have had fingers chopped. Dozens badly injured”.

“As a professor and a human being, I am horrified,” Truschke added.

Clashes erupted at the AMU campus on 15 December, after students joined forces to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and in solidarity with the students of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, who were baton-charged by the police earlier in the day.

According to reports, around 70 people, including students, 20 police personnel and AMU security guards, were injured in the clashes. Over the week that followed, several reports of students suffering grave injuries emerged.

AMU has now set up a one-man judicial panel, comprising former Chhattisgarh High Court chief justice V.K. Gupta, to conduct an internal inquiry into the incident.

‘Your anger is misplaced’

Truschke’s tweet was condemned by several Twitter users, including journalists, who questioned the veracity of her claims.

A few hours later, Truschke tweeted a clarification, claiming that the information in her earlier tweet was from a source she trusts. She, however, added that “we can’t apply normal verification standards given the internet shutdowns, etc”.

In another tweet, she urged people to direct their anger “at those turning off the internet and silencing the media” instead.

‘Mentioned in other reports’

A few users jumped to Truschke’s defence too, claiming that her tweet had been corroborated by other sources.

One user claimed that Truschke’s allegations find mention in an Indian Express report:

Another user attempted to support Truschke’s claims with a report from The Telegraph:


Also read: AMU students did not raise ‘anti-Hindu’ slogans, they raised voice against Hindutva


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  1. All leftists and librandus irrespective of their education level and the profession have one thing in common. They are eager to believe their sources and a lie spreads very fast through the chain of these hypocrites as they believe each other. However, these hypocrites don’t bother to accept their mistakes even after knowing the truth later. To me these hypocrites are a nuisance to peace loving people. This world would a better place without these hypocrites.

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