AMU, Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh: A controversy erupted in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Monday after a group of vegetarian students alleged that they were served food cooked in oil used to prepare non-vegetarian dishes, a charge denied by the university.

In the past, non-Muslim students of the AMU have reportedly complained about being denied breakfast and lunch during the month of Ramzan in 2017.

In 2016, there was tension in the campus after beef biryani was served in the canteen.

Students at the Sir Syed Hall (North), in a letter to the vice-chancellor, alleged that they were served vegetarian food cooked in the same oil in which non-vegetarian meals had been prepared. They demanded action against the provost for negligence.

The matter came to light on Sunday when Bharatiya Yuva Morcha’s city unit chief Nikhil Maheshwari issued a statement alleging that the incident was a “deliberate ploy” to hurt the sentiments of Hindus. A written complaint was also filed at the Banna Devi police station on Sunday.

The university authorities, however, vehemently denied the allegations. AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai said preliminary inquiries conducted by the provost revealed that the allegation was “completely baseless”.