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AMU administration behind Siras' death: Teachers

Gay sex episode involving 64-year-old Marathi teacher and Chairman, Department of Modern Indian language of Aligarh Muslim University, Dr Shriniwas Ramchandra Siras has crippled the Aligarh Muslim University in the past few weeks.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2010 21:31 IST
Pradeep Saxena

Gay sex episode involving 64-year-old Marathi teacher and Chairman, Department of Modern Indian language of Aligarh Muslim University, Dr Shriniwas Ramchandra Siras has crippled the Aligarh Muslim University in the past few weeks.

The situation on the campus is already on the boil over fact finding enquiry against Professor P K Abdul Azis, the Vice Chancellor of AMU, on the charges of using AMU funds for self and other administrative and financial lapses occurred during his regime. This fact finding enquiry was instituted by the President of India Pratibha Patil in her capacity as visitor of Aligarh Muslim University.

The situation took a turn for the worse when Dr S R Siras, the gay Professor of AMU was found dead in mysterious conditions in his flat on April 7.

Now, the death mystery of Dr S R Siras has deepened in campus. Who is responsible for his unwarranted death--AMU administration, police or media?

The majority of the teachers of AMU believe that the university administration, particularly the Vice Chancellor, Professor P K Abdul Azis is responsible for Siras' death. Siras was continuously harassed for quite some time and recently he was not allowed to join his duties even after the stay order granted by the Allahabad High Court against the suspension order of the University.

Dr Jamshed Siddiqui, the Secretary of AMU Teachers Association said AMU Teachers community has always been opposed to the suspension of S R Siras. Teachers are hostile towards the action of the V C as it is clearly a violation of Siras’ right to privacy.

The Mohmmod Naved Khan, teacher of Department of business administration of AMU indicated that this is a tactic of the VC to divert attention from negative publicity that he has been receiving following the recent inquiry that has been ordered by President of India Pratibha Patil.

Dr Islam also noted that the care issue with respect to the incident involving Dr Siras was one of privacy. There is no space within Islamic traditions for instruction into the private sphere.

However, the family members of Dr Siras are accusing both Aligarh Police and AMU Administration for the death. They said that role of Aligarh Police is doubtful as Siras was very much disappointed from unauthorised sting operation of three TV channel reporters.

Dr Siras tried to lodge FIR against the three TV reporters and four AMU official but Aligarh police refused to register FIR made by Siras. The attitude of police broke Siras mentally.