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Vice-Chancellor of Purvanchal University encourages students for ‘murder’

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Raja Ram Yadav, the Vice-Chancellor of Purvanchal University, waded into controversy after remarks that appeared to encourage students to get into fights and even commit murders.

At a college function in Ghazipur on Saturday, Raja Ram Yadav said, “If you’re a student of this University, never come crying to me. If you ever get into a fight, beat them, if possible murder them, we’ll take care of it later”.

It is to be noted that Ghazipur was where a police constable Suresh Vats was killed by a mob, allegedly belonging to the Nishad Party, the same evening.

Responding to this on Saturday, National Conference chief Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Get in to a fight, commit a murder as a result and this university VC will take care of things. This is what passes for an education in some places these days. Not surprisingly the audience even applauds his assertion.”

Later in the day, Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh recommended action against Raja Ram Yadav, saying a vice-chancellor of “such mentality has no right to stay in his position”.

Meanwhile, UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said, “I have asked the vice-chancellor to give his version of the story.”

Raja Ram Yadav was a professor of the Allahabad University, who was appointed the vice-chancellor of Purvanchal University – which has 350 affiliated colleges – in April 2017. Earlier in October this year, he also faced criticisms of saffronisation after a Ram Katha was organised inside the university premises in October.

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