Aligarh Muslim University authorities today decided to hold a high-level probe by an “external agency” into the last night’s violence on the campus in which two students, one present and another former, were killed and properties, including vehicles, were torched.
AMU Vice-Chancellor Lt-Gen Zameer Uddin Shah today met AMU officials and took stock of the situation on the campus. He said an impartial probe was necessary to identify elements which “instigated” the violence.
Factional clashes between two student groups suddenly flared up late last night when both arrived at the proctor’s office and set it on fire, burnt down two cars and half a dozen motorbikes parked near VC’s lodge and guest house. Firearms were reportedly used and the two students were shot at.
The violence continued till 2:30 am. Besides police, additional forces, including the Rapid Action Force, were rushed in to defuse the tense situation on the campus.
A former student, who had been shot at, succumbed to his injuries within an hour. The other critically injured student was shifted to a hospital in Delhi for treatment where he died this evening.
The clashes broke out over a minor incident on Friday near the Maulana Azad Library canteen. A heated argument between the two student groups resulted in one Mohsin being assaulted and his room set on fire.
ADG (law and order) Daljit Chaudhary today claimed that they have identified the perpetrators responsible for the violence on the AMU campus late last night. “An FIR has been lodged and we would soon nab the masterminds,” he said.