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`No fire arm or incriminating material found in AMU hostels`

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 16:51

Aligarh: No fire arm or any other
incriminating material has been found during search of the
hostels of the Aligarh Muslim University, a senior official
said Monday.

"The searches are still to be completed but the
ongoing cleanup drive has so far not led to the detection of
any firearm from any part of the campus," AMU spokesman Rahat
Abrar said.

Earlier, the university proctor Mujahid Beg had
stirred a controversy by alleging that some students had
stacked illicit firearms in the campus and authorities had
decided to close down the varsity to prevent escalation of
violence on April 30.

The proctor`s statement had been widely contested both
by the AMU Teachers` Association and the AMU Students` Union.

The Secretary of AMU Teachers` Association, Mustafa
Zaidi today said that the teachers` action committee has
decided to intensify its protest if the Proctor is not removed
within the next 48 hours.

"It is very clear that the clash between two students?
groups last month was engineered by a section of university
administration with the sole objective of cornering the
coveted post of Controller of Admissions and Examinations," he

The highly irresponsible statement regarding firearms
inside hostels was issued by the Proctor was just to use
solely to divert public attention and justify the illegal
closure of the University, he alleged further.

Abrar said that the university was fast moving to
complete normalcy and preparations were on in full swing for
the reopening in a phased manner beginning from May 16.

"Preliminary investigations into last month`s clash
between two groups of students also appeared to point out that
some anti-social elements from localities adjoining the
university campus had tried to exploit the differences between
the groups," he said.

"It was these external elements who had mingled with
the students and had flared the situation by using firearms,"
he alleged.

Meanwhile, Mustafa said that teachers were also deeply
upset by the university’s decision not to allow hostel entry
to students before May 16.

He said that this issue should be resolved immediately
to restore complete normalcy on the campus.

The teachers are continuing their dharna near the
Vice Chancellor`s residence demanding immediate reopening of
the varsity.


First Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 16:51
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