The Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Wednesday ordered a judicial probe into the incident of rioting and arson on the campus by a group of students and some “outsiders” in April this year.
Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah has assigned the probe to Justice (retd) Imtiyaz Murtaza and asked him to submit the report within a month.
Justice Murtaza, who retired from the Allahabad High Court, is also heading the one-man committee formed to probe the June 2 Mathura violence in which 29 people, including two senior police officers, were killed.
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Shah’s decision, according to the university administration, comes after the Akhilesh Yadav government did not respond to his request for recommendation of either a CBI probe or an inquiry by Special Task Force (STF) in the incident of campus violence on the intervening night of April 22-23. An office memo released by AMU’s public relations consultant Rahat Abrar quoted the varsity’s registrar, professor Asfar Ali Khan, saying the inquiry will be conducted “in a time-bound manner” with report sought by July 15.
Abrar said the inquiry will look to identify the person(s) responsible for the incident, along with finding out the issue behind the problem, conspiracy – if any – to derail the functioning of the university, the motive of the rioters, circumstances leading to the firing and the resulting death of Mahtab Alam and Mohd Wakif, identifying leaders and their supporters during the episode, supporters/mentors in the whole episode, and role of outsiders or criminals in providing manpower, illicit weapons and ammunition for the incident.
Following the clash, a mob allegedly comprising outsiders had torched the proctor’s office and vandalised the dean students’ welfare (DSW) office. Local police has been conducting probes into 11 separate FIRs lodged after the violence.
In a meeting after the incident, AMU Executive Council had suggested an inquiry by a high-power external agency although the matter did not move any further.