Criminals still residing in AMU hostels,says V-C

Shah said the antisocial elements were disturbing the academic environment on the campus and that such elements would be dealt with if they do not vacate the AMU premises.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: May 19, 2013 1:06:38 am

Within a month of imposing a ban on motorcycles in boys’ hostels from the next academic session,the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) vice-chancellor Lt Gen. (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah today said that criminals and antisocial elements were still residing in university hostels.

Shah said the antisocial elements were disturbing the academic environment on the campus and that such elements would be dealt with if they do not vacate the AMU premises.

The V-C had already ordered that the hostels be fully vacated during the period from July 1 to July 15 barring medical interns’ hostels. If students do not vacate their rooms,a university committee will force open the rooms and deposit their belongings with hostel provosts.

In an open letter to students last month,Shah had stated that criminal elements were operating “motorcycle gangs” and being given shelter by a small proportion of university students in the hostels. Earlier in March,he had stated that ‘katta’ (country-made pistol) culture had spread on the campus and ‘goondas’ were staying in the university halls.

In a press communique today,the V-C said that vice-chancellors in the past had smooth tenures. “But I had to face trouble in my first year itself and that is not a good sign,” said Shah,who also denied any political or regional affiliation.

Shah,who had blamed the students’ union for creating indiscipline on the campus in March,today said he wanted the union to utilise the opportunity to effect positive changes in academic activities without creating nuisance.

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