Five days after violence rocked the AMU campus leaving two persons dead, Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav demanding either a CBI investigation or a probe by a Special Task Force “to trace the real instigators” behind the incident.
Acknowledging that “some mistakes may have been made by University authorities” in controlling the violence on April 23, Shah said in the letter that he was “determined to set things back on track” and trace the “real instigators” behind the violence on the campus.
Two persons were killed in the violent clashes between rival student groups on the campus last Saturday following which Rapid Action Force was deployed. After the clash, a mob, allegedly comprising outsiders, had torched the proctor’s office and vandalised the dean students’ welfare (DSW) office.
Aligarh district administration has already ordered a time-bound magisterial inquiry into the violence while police have been investigating on 11 FIRs lodged after the incident.
When pointed out that no arrests have been made despite several named in the FIRs, Shah said, “We are working on videographic evidence and in the next few days you will see the results. When the University closes for summer vacation, we are going to ensure that each and every room in the hostel is vacated by June 15. The only exception will be medical students who will be provided special accommodation”.
When the University reopens, fresh allotments will be made on the basis of recommendation of the Central Allotment Committee, Shah said, adding a new system of “accountability and checks” will be in place in all hostels.
Shah said once the report of the high powered enquiry committee is received, and if anybody is found to be “sheltering anti-social elements at the campus”, then he will have no hesitation whatsoever in taking “strong punitive measures”.
The AMU Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) has also made a strong pitch for instituting a CBI enquiry.
“University has the view that a detailed enquiry should be conducted to find out the reasons of the incident and identify culprits involved in the violence. Those elements who instigated the violence should be identified and nabbed. Hence an enquiry by CBI or STF has been requested,” said University Public Relations Consultant Rahat Abrar.
Meanwhile, University authorities Wednesday said the situation on the campus was normal with classes and other offices functioning as per routine.
After the violence, the AMU administration has put in force some restrictions people visiting the campus. Now, no person will be allowed to enter the Administrative Block premises without valid proof of identity and prior appointment. Similarly, students who have any problem, shall be allowed to visit authorities on prior appointment, between 3 to 5 pm on all working days, except Friday. All four and two-wheelers must have a valid sticker issued by the Proctor’s office. Administrative Block houses the offices of entire administrative staff of AMU, including V-C’s office.
Meanwhile, surprise check was carried out at the S S Hall (South), S S Hall (North), V M Hall and Dr B R Ambedkar Hall annexe by the University authorities with the help of local police and RAF personnel late Tuesday night to identify illegal residents. Authorities claimed no outsider or weapons were found. Some locked rooms were also opened and searched but no objectionable material was found there, they claimed.
University has also decided to regulate the timings of internet and WiFi services available in various Halls of residence. Under this measure, internet accessibility will not be available in the Halls of residence from 2 to 6 am. Abrar said that this step has been taken to discourage students from wasting time on frivolous activities during night hours.