The ongoing student agitation at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for the revival of student union continues unabated here.
Angry students burnt an effigy of Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal last evening for not responding to respond to their plea.
They raised slogans against Mr. Sibal, accusing him of “protecting the AMU Vice-Chancellor who faces serious charges of financial bungling and is crushing the democratic rights of students to raise their voice against corrupt practices.”
“We fail to understand what message the HRD Minister wishes to send to the youth of the country by his handling of the AMU affairs,” spokesman of the agitating students, Mushtaq Ahmad told PTI.
The ongoing inquiry against the Vice-Chancellor and some senior university officials had been “deliberately put into cold-storage” for more than eighteen months now because some senior HRD officials were determined to put a lid on large scale financial bungling at the AMU, student leaders said.
Senior administrative officials yesterday persuaded the protestors to allow medical help to a student whose condition deteriorated after going on a hunger strike for the past six days.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Waseem Ahmad today met the students asked them to show restraint and not fall prey to the designs of any political party.
“It would be improper to rush to any conclusion regarding the HRD Minister as he has assured us this morning that he has an open mind on the AMU crisis and will consider all genuine demands of the students,” he said.