BHU lathicharge: FIR registered against 1000 students for arson

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh on Monday said that the government has sought a report in connection with the incident of lathicharge on students of Varanasi's Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

Former CM and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter to condemn the attack and question the government over student's safety inside the BHU campus.

As tension mounts in Bhanaras Hindu University (BHU) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), an FIR has been registered against 1,200 students and policemen involved in the violence.

The students alleged that the police lathi-charged without provocation and didn't even spare women students.

Student wings of all political parties joined hands for the protest and demanded that the Vice-Chancellor meet them at the protest venue and engage in a dialogue in front of the media and with live-streaming on social media but that never happened.

All India Students' Association's national president Sucheta De said, "The BHU movement is a declaration of freedom for all women across the country".

They also demanded that accountability of the BHU authorities should also be fixed, saying the Vice Chancellor of the University Girish Chandra Tripathi has completely failed to ensure protection of the students "and their rights to free speech". On Saturday night, the irate students took to streets, later pelting stones and set many vehicles on fire.

"What is playing itself out in his own constituency is the perpetration of the most unspeakable atrocities on girl students who were protesting against eve-teasing and alleged molestation and demanding a safer campus", said Tewari.

The women students blocked the entrance to BHU campus as Modi's convoy was expected to pass through that route. The victim screamed when the incident took place but the security personnel present at the spot did not take cognizance of the crime and ignored it. She alleged that when she approached her warden, she was asked why she was returning to her hostel late at night.

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in lathi charge by the police in the campus. He said he would upgrade the security for girl students. This type casting is a logical outcome of the penetration of Hindutva supporters in institutions of higher education. Meanwhile, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar also rushed to empathise with the protesting students. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the students.

  • Stacy Allen