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Death of AMU gay professor wrapped in mystery

india Updated: Apr 08, 2010 19:14 IST

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The death of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor S R Siras, suspended for allegedly having gay sex and later reinstated, is still a mystery with police on Thursday saying it could be a case of suicide or heart attack.

"Primarily it looks like a case of suicide or may be heart attack or something like that. It doesn't seem to be a case of murder," City Superintendent of Police Maan S Chauhan told reporters.

He said no suicide note has been recovered, "but we have not yet thoroughly checked the room, which was bolted from inside and we broke open one of its two doors to enter it."

Meanwhile, Aligarh Muslim University Teacher's Association (AMUTA) demanded a high-level probe into the incident.

"In view of the sensitive nature of the entire episode, an inquiry should be conducted either by CBI or a judicial officer," AMUTA Secretary Jamshed Siddique said.

Siras, a Marathi teacher, was suspended by AMU Vice Chancellor P K Abdul Aziz on charges of homosexuality after a sting operation by a television channel showed him having sex with a rickshaw puller.

Last week, the Allahabad High Court revoked the suspension and ordered his reinstatement after he filed an appeal against the university's action.

"We are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain whether it was a case of suicide or natural death. But one thing is clear, he was subjected to severe harassment by the university authorities and was under intense mental pressure," Siddique told PTI.

"To suspend a professor without inquiry is unjustified and is another example of the high-handed behaviour of the vice chancellor," he alleged.

However, AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar denied the allegation of harassment.

"The university had fully complied with the high court order pertaining to his suspension," Abrar said, adding Siras could not be handed over his reinstatement order as he was out of town.

While Abrar said the withdrawal of suspension order was issued on April 5, Chairman of the Modern Indian Languages Prof Sheikh Mastan said he had no such information till Thursday morning.

When Mastan was given a copy of the letter by the registrar shortly before Thursday noon, he refused to accept it in back date.

AMUTA said the serving of the order was a "drama" to cover up the "lapses" by the university authorities.