Students of Aligarh Muslim University along with Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union members staged a demonstration at Jantar Mantar here on Tuesday demanding immediate restoration of classes and regular academic activity at AMU.It all began with the murder of an AMU student on October 25 outside the campus and classes were suspended on October 30.
AMU Students’ Struggle Committee secretary Irfan Khan said: “The student in question was asked to leave the hostel by the Dean of Students’ Welfare as he was using a heater in his room. Later when he went out for dinner he was shot down by a goon. The DSW and the Proctor both disowned any responsibility for the student who was killed. We demand that both of them resign.”
“Also all the suspended students should be reinstated and the Aligarh Muslim University Students Union (AMUSU) which was dissolved two years ago should be restored,” he demanded.
Following the death, students held an agitation on the campus. “It was a peaceful agitation,” Mr. Khan said. Twenty-nine students were suspended for alleged hooliganism during the agitation.
An AMU spokesperson said: “ Though no specific date has been finalised for the reopening of the university, it may take place in the first week of December in a phased manner. The university has also decided to declare the winter vacation from November 15 to November 29 minimise the loss of working days.”
The Vice-Chancellor has appealed to the AMU Teachers’ Association to withdraw their agitation over the suspension of an AMU Reader in the Department of Philosophy. The AMU Executive Council is expected to meet on November 21 and 22 to review the situation.