Second wave of the COVID-19 has been very fatal for the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) as several staff members of the reputed university have succumbed to the virus. The list includes more than 40 serving and retired faculty members along with several non-teaching staffers.

Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor has also lost his elder brother a few days ago. He was the dean of the Law department who died on Saturday due to COVID-19 related complications.

A large number of staffers are under medical treatment at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College Hospital of the university. The number of deaths can reach a higher number and the university administration suspects the reason to be coronavirus.

Zeeshan an official of the university said that the campus is deserted as there are no classes. He also said that most of the hostellers have left. Some of the retired faculty members who left Aligarh have also died in their hometowns like Bhopal and Hyderabad.

Locals allege that the university administration has been sleeping despite having all the resources. They also alleged that no special mechanism or arrangements have been put in place. People have also stopped going to the medical college for vaccination due to the fear of contracting COVID-19 infection.

“Fear is rampant. The winds of despair and gloom sweep the campus. The central government should step in and control the worsening situation,” said a local AMU student. It is not known that how many of the deceased were vaccinated. Though it is being accepted widely that there have been a few deaths due to Covid-morbidities and age.

According to the district administration, on May 8, there were 417 fresh cases, 295 were discharged. Local medical circles confirmed the situation was really alarming.