Muzaffarnagar, (Agency): Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has banned media persons from entering its premises till February 23 as they felt that their presence was affecting students' preparations for the upcoming examinations.

There has been an increased media presence at the seminary following the controversy generated by Vice-Chancellor Maulana Gulam Mohammad Vastanvi's remarks on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Darul Uloom Maulana Abdul Khalique told the media.
"This step has been taken to avoid the controversy affecting students busy preparing for their examinations beginning February 26," he said.

Although classes were taking place peacefully, the presence of national and international media was disrupting their preparation, he added.