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AMU teachers demand probe in professor’s death

Even as the police have treated the death of Professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras as a probable case of suicide, the Aligarh Muslim University Teachers' Association (AMUTA) has demanded a high-level probe. His decomposed body with blood oozing from the mouth was found in his single-room campus tenement in Aligarh on Wednesday.

The 64-year-old teacher in the Modern Indian Languages department was placed under suspension by Vice-Chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis in February this year after a video footage showed him having sex with a rickshaw man. However the Allahabad High Court last Thursday stayed the suspension and the reinstatement order was said to have been issued on April 5, but it was not delivered to the Professor.

AMUTA secretary Jamshed Siddiqui said an inquiry was imperative considering that the case was sensitive and mysterious. The office-bearers felt that the professor was subjected to harassment by university authorities and was he was under mental pressure. He was due to retire in September.

However, AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said action was taken against Professor Siras only as per the rules and regulations of the university.

While the Aligarh police have ruled out murder, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director-General (Law and Order) Brij Lal said here on Thursday that he was not aware of the progress in the case.

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