Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Aditynath has ordered an inquiry into the violence which erupted on the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus on Saturday night.
Adityanath has sought a report from Divisional Commissioner about the incident as various political parties, including Samajwadi Party, criticised the government and condemned the police action. "I have sought a report from the Divisional Commissioner, Varanasi, about the entire incident," Adityanath said in Lucknow.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister has also sought a report on the attack on journalists in the BHU campus. A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in lathicharge by the police in the BHU which witnessed violence last night, in an ugly turn to a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident.
The lathicharge on journalists led to protests in Lucknow with some journalists staging a sit-in near the CM's
residence. They later gave a memorandum to the District Magistrate demanding action against the guilty.
Some policemen were also injured in the clashes during which students indulged in arson, police sources said.
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.
In the wake of the violence, the university has announced "holidays" from tomorrow till October 2, advancing it from September 28.
According to NDTV, BHU vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi promised action against those who were responsible for the violence and said installation of CCTV cameras at university campus was under process.
The vice-chancellor has blamed people from outside the university for the violence, according to ANI.
"We had information that some anti-social elements will try to disturb the environment of the University," Tripathi was quoted as saying by ANI.
Violence erupted after some students wanted to meet the vice-chancellor at his residence, according to police and university sources.
On Sunday, the police deployed additional 1,500 personnel from Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) around the campus to maintain law and order around the campus. Senior officials including District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra and SP (city) Dinesh Singh have also reached the campus on Sunday.
The BHU students have been protesting near the university's main gate since Thursday against rising eve-teasing incidents on the campus.
The trigger was an incident in which a woman student of Arts faculty alleged harassment by three men on a motorcycle inside the campus while she was returning to her hostel.
The three men abused her and fled when she resisted their attempts, according to the complainant.
Vice-chancellor Tripathi also admitted to the incident. He told ANI:
An unfortunate incident took place with one of our students;we're committed to stringent action & did so too :BHU VC Girish Chandra Tripathi pic.twitter.com/H1LigHtBpg
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 24, 2017
The vice-chancellor, however, underplayed the anger among students stating that "initially student had complaints with the University, but now that is not the case". He added:
Some complained about installation of CCTVs; it is under process. Some girls said University should be more sensitive towards safety: BHU VC pic.twitter.com/hvdQoGz2bU — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 24, 2017
I agreed to their viewpoint. Safety & security is imp, will have to consider various aspects with regard to safety in University: BHU VC — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 24, 2017
With inputs from PTI
Published Date: Sep 24, 2017 16:18 PM | Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 16:38 PM