Aligarh: Hundreds of human rights activists and academicians on Wednesday sent a petition to President Pratibha Patil seeking a CBI probe into the death of Aligarh Muslim University professor S. R. Siras.

The petitioners, including democratic right activists, teachers and gay right activists, complained of “tardy” progress in the probe into the suicide case of Prof. Sirasand blamed the police for the same.

They also demanded removal of Vice-Chancellor P. K. Abdul Azis for his role in “persecution and harassment” of Prof. Siras. - PTI