One killed in Aligarh Muslim University violence

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Aligarh, April 24 (IANS) One person was shot dead when two groups of students clashed in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) here, police said on Sunday.

A dozen students were injured in the violence that began on Saturday and continued into early Sunday. Police sources said one student was seriously wounded and warded in a Delhi hospital.

University property, including vehicles, were set on fire in the free for all, a police officer said. The proctor’s office was partially burnt.

The trouble began on Saturday when an unidentified person fired at a student from Moradabad near the Mumtaz Hall, some students said.

Two persons suffered bullet wounds, one of them died later.

A group of students went to the proctor’s office to lodge a complaint. This triggered violent clashes which continued through the night.

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The Rapid Action Force (RAF) and police reinforcements were deployed in the campus. University authorities said on Sunday that the situation was now under control.

A university official identified the person who died as Rahat Abrar, an expelled student.

A seriously injured student had been admitted to the Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. “I think the cause of the clash is regionalism,” said one official.

–IANS

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