AMU violence: One arrested, 12 students suspended

One person has been arrested in connection with last week’s violence in Aligarh Muslim University, police said on Friday.

Mohd Zoraiz, a research scholar in AMU’s department of law, was nabbed by Special Investigation Team of the state police from Dhorra locality and sent to jail late Thursday night after being produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate.

He had faced disciplinary action by AMU authorities in earlier cases of campus violence as well.

SSP K Ravinder Gaur said the SIT probing the matter had been tracking the movements of Zoraiz, who had been placed under electronic surveillance since last Saturday’s violence, which left two people dead.

“This is our first breakthrough and in the next few days we are expecting further success,” he said.

A total of 15 FIRs have been filed in connection with the violence. Eight people have been named in the killing of Mahtab, a former AMU student.

Meanwhile, the Aligarh Muslim University has suspended 12 students including Zoraiz, for their alleged involvement in the violence that erupted on the intervening night of April 23 and 24, 2016, claiming two lives.

According to an office memo issued by the proctor, prof Mohd Mohsin Khan, Md Mohsin Iqbal, MA, Faheem Akhtar, PhD, Azhar Amani Vazir, BSW, Mohammad Sadiq, BE (Civil), Mohd Sohaib, BCom, Mohd Amir Khan, BCom, Mohd Zoraiz, PhD, Mohd Amir Khan alias Chaudhary, MA, Mohd Khalid Ali, BALLB, Zaidul Islam Sherwani, BALLB, Shahzaman Khan alias Shaikhu, PhD and Amir Khan, MCom have been placed under suspension from the rolls of the university with immediate effect, pending inquiry, for committing acts of gross misconduct and indiscipline. The AMU campus and its institutions are also out of bounds for them.

These students, along with their more than 150 companions, (including some suspended, rusticated, former students and anti-social elements) allegedly got involved in group firing and arson at the proctor’s office on the intervening night of April 23 and 24. They also set on fire the proctor’s office, DSW office and university guest house no. 2 and destroyed the CCTV camera of the VC lodge, creating an atmosphere of tension on the campus by using illegal fire arms.

The AMU proctor has urged the provosts of the halls of residence where these suspended students are presently residing, to ensure that their rooms are vacated immediately.

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