Arjun to look into ''unprecedented'' security plan for AMU

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (UNI) Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh today promised to look into the complaints of unprecedented security paraphernalia proposed to be put in place in the Aligarh Muslim University by Vice Chancellor Dr P K Abdul Aziz.

''The security proposed to be mounted in the university was unheard of in an educational institution,'' a member of the AMU Executive Council Waseem Ahmed told the Minister in a meeting with him here today.

Mr Singh was told that the University had recently given an advertisement for recruitment of 400 security personnel, including 37 gunmen, 30 CCTV cameras, 50 day/night camera, along with 16 channel real time stand alone DVR with network encoders, lCD monitor, radio frequency links besides other security system like walkie talkie sets, X-Ray scanners and scores of smoke and metal detectors.

Mr Ahmed said here that he expressed to the Minister grave concern over the proposal for the security paraphernalia that ''seemed to be more than adequate for a high security defence establishment.'' He also said he apprised the Minister of media reports that the Vice Chancellor is said to have claimed that he was going in for the massive security on the instruction of the HRD Ministry.

The AMU Executive Council Member said the Minister had promised to him that he would look into the matter.

Mr Ahmed along with other Executive Members had earlier given a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor in which they had warned him of likely fallout of postings of the security personnel in such a massive number and told him that the exercise was illegal, not endorsed by the Executive Council.

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