The murder of the 23-year-old Bhagalpur youth, Quaisar Shakil Mazhar, on the campus of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has left his family and acquaintances deeply shocked and depressed.
Quaisar was reportedly shot dead at around 8 pm on Wednesday while he was on way to the Chemical Engineering Department from his hostel. Reports said some students had fired at him from close range. The killers had decamped with his two-wheeler, too, but the Aligarh police had later recovered it from Salman Hall of the AMU.
Quaisar, the son of silk businessman and social activist Dr Mazhar Akhtar Shakeel, was a student of Chemical Engineering at AMU. He had passed his Class 10 examination with 97 per cent marks from St Joseph’s School here. Quaisar then left for Aligarh where he passed his Plus Two examinations. After doing his Plus Two, he appeared at various competitions held for selection of students for admission to various engineering colleges.
His brilliance as a student became evident when he made it through most of the competitions in which he appeared. However, he decided to study Chemical Engineering at AMU itself. As an engineering student, too, Quaisar proved brilliant and was preparing for his final year examinations when tragedy struck.
The eldest among his siblings, Quaisar was set to join the Tata Group as an engineer after his final-year examinations because the Tatas had selected him on campus. Sadly, destiny had something else in store for him.
A family friend, Md Shabaaz, said Quisar was a thorough gentleman and had no enemies that he knew of. His death had shaken not only Quaisar’s family, it had left many other families under a pall of gloom, Shabaaz added.
Quaisar’s cousin, Md Mamoor Ahmed Khan, who is yet to come to terms with Quaisar’s death, said it was shocking and disgraceful for Aligarh Muslim University that criminals had managed to kill a bright and innocent student on the campus. He demanded a through probe into the incident.
Quaisar’s parents are too shocked and grief-stricken to talk to anyone about the tragedy. They have been put under medical observation as both are heart patients.