New Delhi, Sep 25 (UNI) The Aligarh Muslim University(AMU), which is closed sine die following large scale violence over the murder of a student last week, has approached the Centre for deployment of central forces on the campus.
AMU Vice Chancellor Prof P K Abdul Azis, leading a three-member delegation, met Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh here yesterday and impressed upon him the need of a foolproof security for the University by the Central Government Forces preferably CISF/CRPF.
The Minister instructed officials to urgently process the University's request for a early deployment of forces in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, according to an AMU press statement.
The measure, Prof Azis told the HRD Minister was necessary for the security of students, staff and property of the University especially in view of tense situation prevailing in the Campus.
The HRD Minister agreed to the need for providing immediate security cover and felt that the sine die closure of the University should be used as an opportunity for cleaning the University campus and removing undesirable elements, the spokesperson said.
The delegation, which included Mahfooz Ahmad, Honorary Treasurer and Waseem Ahmad, Member Executive Council apprised him about the recent incidents of violence including the murder of a student, looting, arson and torching of Vice Chancellor's Lodge and other installations on Campus.
The demand for central forces was made as a follow up action on the decisions taken at the special meeting of the university's Executive Council.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor has ordered the suspension of 17 students from the rolls of the University with immediate effect to the pending inquiry for their alleged involvement in the violent protest.
The Vice Chancellor has further ordered that the University campus was placed out of bounds for them.
According to university authorities, these 17 students had ransacked the Vice Chancellor's Lodge and other conspicuous offices of the University.