Police Friday arrested a research scholar of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in connection with the last week’s violence on the campus and identified 15 others who had allegedly indulged in arson and firing which resulted in the death of two persons.
Based on CCTV footage, police identified the troublemakers, some of them former students, who had set the Proctor’s office and the Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) office on fire. A four-wheeler was also burnt down that Saturday night.
Research scholar Mohammad Zoraiz (28) had led the group that clashed with another group of outsiders, SHO, Civil Lines Police Station, Surya Kant Dwivedi said. The arrested scholar’s wife is a teacher with one of the schools on the campus. The couple lives in a rented accommodation in Safariya locality close to the university.
Following the identification, the university administration suspended 12 of them, including Zoraiz, for their alleged involvement in the violence and the murders.
Police will now move court to seek non-bailable warrants against those identified from the footage.
The violence on Saturday, result of a clash between the two rival groups, had claimed the lives of Mehtab (22) and Mohammad Waqif (18). While the university had expelled Mehtab last year on charges of indiscipline, Waqif lived near the campus and was a Class XII pass-out.
SSP K Ravinder Gaur said that the Special Investigation Team had been tracking the movements of Zoraiz, a native of Amroha district who had gone into hiding since the violence. He was arrested from a hideout in Aligarh Thursday and produced before the court which sent him to judicial custody.
“Zoraiz has been booked in six of the 11 cases registered in connection with the violence and murders of the two youths. Efforts are on to arrest the others,” the SHO said.
With fresh evidence against the students coming out, AMU Proctor Professor Mohsin Khan Friday said in a statement that 12 of the students identified by the police have been suspended with immediate effect on charges of committing acts of “gross misconduct and indiscipline”. The AMU campus and its institutions have also been placed out of bound for them, he said.
Besides Zoraiz, the other suspended include Mohammad Mohsin Iqbal (MA), Faheem Akhtar (PhD), Azhar Amani Vazir (BSW), Mohammad Sadiq (BE-Civil), Mohammad Sohaib (BCom), Mohammad Amir Khan (BCom), Mohammad Amir Khan alias Chaudhary (MA), Mohammad Khalid Ali and Zaidul Islam Sherwani (BA-LLB), Shahzaman Khan alias Shaikhu (PhD) and Amir Khan (MCom).
The Proctor said that the Provosts of the Halls of Residence have been asked to ensure that rooms where these students had been staying are vacated immediately.
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