Two people were killed and several injured when violence erupted at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
Students reportedly shot at each other and set university property – including the proctor’s office and several vehicles – on fire. Police eventually brought the situation under control and arrested a few of the rampaging students.
An expelled student died on Saturday night while another youth injured in the clash succumbed to his injuries at a hospital on Sunday, AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said.
The Rapid Action Force (RAF) was deployed at all sensitive spots, especially in view of an entrance test for the engineering college.
Police sources said the violence originated from a disagreement between two student groups, following which the hostel room of a student – identified as Mohsin – was set afire around 11pm. Soon after, Mohsin went to the proctor’s office to lodge a complaint.
When members of the opposing group caught wind of this, they landed at the proctor’s office and began firing at Mohsin and his friends. Two people were critically injured in the crossfire, and had to be shifted to the medical college for treatment.
Mehtab, hailing from Ghazipur, succumbed to his injuries at the medical centre. Waqif was taken to a Delhi hospital for treatment, but he died later on Sunday.
Police said that a clash broke out between the two groups on the medical college campus too, following which police personnel from the Civil Lines and Kawarasi police stations rushed to the scene. By 1.30am, a rampaging group of students had burnt down the proctor’s office – destroying records and furniture. They also set several vehicles on the campus ablaze, and tried to torch the vice-chancellor’s lodge and guest house.
AMU public relations officer Rahat Abrar said Mehtab, an M.P.Ed student, had been rusticated from the campus. Waqif, on the other hand, was an outsider.
Deputy inspector general (Aligarh range) Govind Agarwal said rapid action force personnel were called in when the violence escalated. “Police officers have been posted on the AMU campus, and the situation is now under control,” he added.