AMU campus gunfight: ‘Attack on offices a bid to destroy proof against errant students’

A teacher, who did not wish to be identified, told The Indian Express that some hostelers had made region-wise groups to represent different parts of the state.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2016 6:28:55 am
AMU, AMU clashes, Aligarh Muslim University, clashes, Aligarh Muslim University clashes, aligarh, aligarh news, UP clashes, india news The proctor’s office, which was torched by the mob. (Express Photo: Ravi Kanojia)

A section of students and teachers at AMU alleged that members of two rival student groups indulged in regular factional fights for supremacy, and many involved were also facing suspension or dismissal charges on this account. They claimed that Sunday’s attack on the offices of the AMU proctor and the dean students’ welfare (DSW) could have been an attempt to destroy records related to complaints against such students.

A teacher, who did not wish to be identified, told The Indian Express that some hostelers had made region-wise groups to represent different parts of the state. “They indulged in regular fights… Some outsiders are also involved, who help them with arms,” said the teacher.

Alleging that it might be an attempt to “destroy those complaints or proofs against the errant students”, a student said: “Several complaints have been lodged against such students at the proctor’s and the DSW’s office. In many cases, even police probe is being conducted.”

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A security officer said that the attackers ransacked cupboards where documents were kept.

SP (City), Anshul Gupta, while confirming reports of ‘regional’ fights on the campus, said the university administration should take necessary action against such activities.

He added that the university will be asked to provide names of students who were indulging in regular fights. Gupta also said that the probe will look into how a huge cache of arms reached the hostel.

When contacted, PRO Rahat Abrar told The Indian Express that the high-level committee will look into all aspects of the incident.

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