Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University has been closed for an indefinite period following violent clashes between two rival groups of students on Saturday.  The warring groups exchanged around 50 rounds of fire. At least 12 students were severely injured in the milieu.

The rampaging students also damaged over a dozen two-wheelers parked on the campus.

Meanwhile, the local administration has deployed extra police force to avoid any untoward incident in the University.
Trouble began on Thursday when student leader Mushtaq Ahemad was allegedly beaten in the room of Controller (Admissions) Prof Ahmed Mustajab.  The leader apparently had a scuffle with deputy controller Mohd Rizwan. There was discontent among his supporters as no action had been taken against Mohd Rizwan.

On Friday, members of two rival groups clashed in Zakaria Market. The scuffle sonn transformed into a free for all. Students also manhandled a police inspector while they resorted to firing and stone-pelting. 

When one of the groups reached Proctor’s office to register complaint, members of the rival group who were already present around the office clashed again. Both the groups resorted to stone pelting and fired several gunshots.

AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said, “The University has been closed for an indefinite period. The students will have to vacate the hostel within 48 hours. After the administration’s report, the decision to close the University for an indefinite period has been taken.”

The teachers and students criticised the decision to close the varsity and also condemned the violence as finals exams are due to begin next week.