India university official urges students to kill instead of complaining

India university official urges students to kill instead of complaining

India university speech
View of Purvanchal University in Uttar Pradesh. (Image: YouTube/Aatif Khan)

NEW DELHI: A top official at an Indian state-run university urged his students to "murder" fellow students if confronted instead of complaining to him, amid a wave of violence being reported from across the state where the school is based.

"If you're a student of this University, never come crying to me," said Raja Ram Yadav, vice-chancellor of Purvanchal University, in a speech caught on video. 

Adding: "If you ever get into a fight, beat them, if possible murder them, we'll take care of it later."

Yadav was speaking on Friday (Dec 28) at a college event in Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state. In the same city a police officer was stoned to death during violent protests on Saturday, though there is no indication of a link with Yadav's remarks.

Uttar Pradesh is notorious for communal tensions and crime, and has been plagued by incidents of mob violence in recent weeks.

A senior police officer and another man were killed in another incident of violence earlier this month after local residents protested because they say they had seen some people slaughtering a cow, an animal sacred in Hindu culture. That was in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr district.

Source: Reuters/zl

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