The Aligarh Muslim University Teacher’s Association (AMUTA) has has cautioned that unless the university administration reverses the suspension order against the association's honorary secretary, it should brace for widespread peaceful demonstrations and hunger strikes.
The AMUTA has been remonstrating against vice-chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah’s decision of taking disciplinary action against the secretary of the Association, Mustafa Zaidi for taking part in a protest, which was organised to draw attention to various “irregularities” in the administrative functions.
These allegations have been contested by the VC's office.
At a general body meeting of the AMUTA, late on Friday night a resolution to organise protests against the administration was passed.
AMUTA members told The Hindu , that the administration was “violating laws” and “stifling dissent” and the suspension of Mr. Zaidi was “undemocratic” and “illegal”.
“Unless the suspension is revoked within a week, the AMUTA will go on mass casual leave and hunger strikes and approach President Pranab Mukherjee who is the visitor to the university,” a member said.
According to AMUTA, Mr. Zaidi who had applied for a day’s casual leave was berated by the Vice-Chancellor for being absent from duty.