New Delhi: A day after vice-chancellor of the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University stoked a controversy through his inflammatory statement, the Uttar Pradesh government has asked him to present his side of the story.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, who also holds the higher education portfolio said, “I have asked the vice-chancellor to present his side of the video, which has gone viral on various social media platforms.”

The controversy started after the video of the controversial statement, which was purportedly made at a function held at Satyadev College in Ghazipur’s Gandhipuram, went viral on Saturday.

In his address to the students, the VC can be seen in the video saying, “Agar aap Purvanchal University ke chhatra ho to rote huye mere paas kabhi mat aanaa. Ek baat bata detaa hoon Agar kisi se jhagda ho jaaye to uski pitaai karke aanaa, aur tumhaaraa bas chale to uskaa murder karke ana, uske baad hum dekh lenge (If you are a Purvanchal University student, don’t come to me crying. If you get into a fight with someone, beat up that person. If possible, murder him. I will take care of things after that.”

“Youth student is the one who brings out water just by kicking a rock. The student who fulfils the resolution he takes in his life is known as a student of Purvanchal University,” the V-C had further said in his speech.

Slamming V-C Raja Ram Yadav’s remarks, Congress leader Shailendra Singh had asked, “What lesson does he want to give to the students by making such a statement?”

Samajwadi Party spokesperson Abdul Hafiz Gandhi had said, “This is nothing but incitement. Vice Chancellor must be booked for inciting and provoking students to indulge in criminal activities. He is not behaving as a vice-chancellor, but as a war lord of a criminal gang. We cannot expect academic excellence from such criminal-minded people. He should be sacked for making such statements.”

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah also took to Twitter to condemn the act. “This is what passes for an education in some places these days. Not surprisingly the audience even applauds his assertion,” he wrote.

The controversial remarks from the Vice Chancellor came on a day when a police constable was killed in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur when protesters hurled stones at vehicles returning from the venue of a public meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(With PTI inputs)