Under harsh criticism over the recent closure of the campus, Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor P. K. Abdul Azis on Friday slammed the teachers' association for failing to promptly condemn student violence and blamed the agitating group for “vitiating the atmosphere” of the institution.

The campus was closed recently for two weeks, just ahead of the examinations, after two groups of students clashed on the campus and some were injured.

While a section of the teachers and students have criticised him for shutting down the campus in a hasty decision, Mr. Azis said he had but little other option to restore normalcy.

“I was in Kerala when the city administration called late in the night. It was a panic situation, and the officials told me there would be bodies by morning if the campus was not closed immediately,” Mr. Azis told PTI here. — PTI