A former student was killed and two others injured when violence erupted at the Aligarh Muslim University early on Sunday.
Students reportedly shot at each other and set university property, including the proctor’s office and several vehicles, on fire. Police eventually brought the situation under control and arrested a few of the rampaging students.
Police sources said the violence originated from a disagreement between two student groups hailing from Azamgarh and Sambhal, following which the hostel room of a student – identified as Mohsin – was set afire around 11 pm. Soon after, Mohsin went to the proctor’s office to lodge a complaint.
Aligarh (UP): Clash between two groups of students at AMU campus late last night; one student died, one injured. pic.twitter.com/OePaSOMYQQ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 24, 2016
When members of the opposing group caught wind of this, they landed at the proctor’s office and began firing at Mohsin and his friends – injuring two. Though they were shifted to the medical college for treatment, one of them – identified as Ghazipur resident Mehtab – succumbed to his injuries.
A shootout between students was reported from the medical college campus too.
Police personnel from the Civil Lines and Kawarasi police stations rushed to the scene, but found the situation hard to contain. By 1.30 am, rampaging students had burnt down the proctor’s office – destroying records and furniture. They also set half-a-dozen motorcycles on the campus ablaze, and tried to torch the vice-chancellor’s lodge and guest house.
University officials said Mehtrab, an M.P.Ed student, had been rusticated from the campus.
Deputy inspector general (Aligarh range) Govind Agarwal said rapid action force personnel were called in to quell the violence. “Police officers have been posted on the AMU campus, and the situation is now under control,” he said.