Lucknow, September 26: After the politicization of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) issue, The Uttar Pradesh government today ordered a judicial probe into the student violence. Notably, Uttar Pradesh Police have identified and charged over 1,200 students with violence, arson and disruption of government work on the BHU campus.
Students and political parties' protest against police lathi charge on students, especially girls, are still continuing at BHU. Workers of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Samajwadi Party demonstrated separately at BHU gate. An Additional City Magistrate, Circle Officer Bhelupur and SHO Lanka police station have been removed.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, “The government should resolve the issue by talks, not by lathicharge. It is condemnable. Action should be taken against the guilty.”
Congress leaders Raj Babbar and PL Punia, along with scores of party activists, were detained yesterday when they tried to visit the BHU. They were later released.
The BHU had issued a statement saying that the ‘dharna’ by the students just a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit was “politically motivated” to malign the image of the university.
A BHU spokesperson said some students wanted to forcibly enter the VC’s residence but they were stopped by the security guards of the university. Subsequently, there was stone pelting by “outsiders” who had joined the students.
The university also said that security guards were regularly patrolling the campus and assistance from the police had been sought to maintain peace in the campus.
Nearly 1,500 police personnel, including contingents of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), have been deployed to maintain law and order in the campus. The alleged eve-teasing incident had occurred on Thursday night after which the students started the protest.