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The Indian university official asks students to kill instead of complaining



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By Reuters

NEW DELHI ̵

1; A high-ranking official at an Indian state university urged his students to "murder" classmates instead of complaining to them in the midst of a wave of violence reported from across the state where the school is based.

"If you're a student of this university, you'll never cry to me," said Raja Ram Yadav, Vice Chancellor of Purvanchal University. In a speech showed a video of the Reuters partner ANI.

"If you ever engage in a fight, beat them if possible, murder them, we'll take care of them later."

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

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

An elderly police officer and another man were killed in another incident earlier this month after local residents protested saying that some people had slaughtered a cow, a sacred animal in Hindu culture. It was in the Uttar Pradesh district of Bulandshahr.


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