Eleven students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), including one woman, were detained shortly in New Delhi, according to 101Reporters, just days after Saturday's violence and alleged police excesses against students on the university campus. The students were released without any charges.
The students were on on their way to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), to submit a memorandum on the recent violence and incidents of molestation in the university, according to TwoCircles.
The students had apparently sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the Lok Sabha MP from Varanasi. After the appointment was denied, the students decided to hand over the memorandum to one of the prime minister's secretaries. However, the students have claimed that they were detained by the police, while they were enroute the PMO.
Mineshi Mishra, a female student in the group, confirmed the student's detainment in the National Capital to 101Reporters. She claimed that no female police constable was present at the spot to escort her.
This comes after students across various universities had taken out rallies against the police lathi charge on students in the BHU campus. Peaceful protests had turned violent after some students, protesting against an incident of molestation on Thursday, wanted to meet the vice-chancellor at his residence but the university security team called the police.
Scores of students, including women, and two scribes were injured in the baton-charge on Saturday.
The protesting students were demanding round-the-clock security, making security staff accountable for untoward incidents targeting girls, CCTV network and proper checking at the gates, recruitment of women security guards and setting up of a gender sensitisation panel.
With inputs from 101Reporters
Updated Date: Sep 29, 2017 06:58 AM