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



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 alleged.

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.

PTI