AMU students boycott food, put utensils at VC home in protest
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 21:44
Aligarh: Demanding restoration of the students' union, resident students at the Aligarh Muslim University on Thursday boycotted their meal in the hostel and placed cooking utensils outside the Vice Chancellor's house.

A large number of students residing at the VM Hall and Habib Hall boycotted their afternoon meal and took out a procession carrying the utensils from the dining hall to the VC's residence.

They placed the utensils in front of the gate of the Vice Chancellor's lodge, where some students are on indefinite hunger strike since October 5.

The students are demanding restoration of their union, which was dissolved in 2007, and the removal of senior University officials whom they blame for rusticating more than 150 students during the past three years.

Spokesman of the student protesters, Mushtaq Ahmad, told mediapersons that they are holding such peaceful protest to express solidarity with those students who are on an indefinite hunger strike.

"We are determined to continue our peaceful protest until the university authorities decide to hold elections to the students union which has been defunct for more than four year now," he said.

"Our protest has been going on for a fortnight now and it has been absolutely peaceful. We realise that at the slightest provocation, the University authorities will shut down the University and blame us for the disruption of the academic year. This we will not allow at any cost," Mushtaq said.

The students of Sir Syed Hall had also carried out a similar protest and boycotted their meals yesterday.

Meanwhile, University authorities said disciplinary action will be taken against those who are "inducing" students to boycott their meals.

AMU spokesman Rahat Abrar told PTI that yesterday's boycott was carried out by a "small section of students" and denied reports which suggested that the entire hall had boycotted the food.

"We have taken note of the incidents of the past two days and disciplinary action will be taken against those students who are inducing others to boycott their meals."


First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 21:44

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