BHU violence: UP CM Yogi Adityanath orders inquiry

Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2017

"We would like to know from Modi where does he stand on this atrocity which has been perpetrated on women students in his own parliamentary constituency", Tewari also said.

Vice Chancellor GC Tripathi told ET that the review committee has been directed to submit a report on the incident that took place near the visual arts Centre on September 21 and the general security plan for students.

Around 50 members of the Congress-backed National Students' Union of India (NSUI) took out a protest rally from Raisina Road and tried to march up to Shastri Bhawan - office the Union ministry of human resource development.

Not only the students, but also some journalists covering the protests have been injured in the "lathi-charge", pictures and videos of which are doing the rounds on social media. The BHU administration issued a statement on Sunday saying that protest of the students was "politically motivated" to malign the image of the university.

Though BHU spokesman Rajesh Singh said that no order had been issued to the students, most rooms of Birla, Acharya Narendra Dev and Lal Bahadur Shastri hostels were found vacant. The protests in BHU started about four days ago in protest against an incident of eve teasing.

"I have sought a detailed report from the Varanasi Divisional Commissioner about the entire incident", Adityanath talking to media said in Lucknow.

On learning the response of the security personnel to the incident, students from the women's hostel chose to protest. The warden's response angered the student's colleagues, who sat on a "dharna" at the main gate on Thursday night. Student protests have been rocking the campuses, whether it's HCU, JNU, FTII, NIT Srinagar, or even Delhi University, and now BHU too has been embroiled in popular protests against an extremely inept administration and its inability to ensure that the women students have minimum institutional security and safety on campus.

Meanwhile, District Magistrate Yogeshwar Ram Mishra today visited the varsity and asked its administration to ensure that incidents of violence do not occur on the campus again. The DM has ordered closure of all the colleges, including the higher educational institutions, in the city on Monday. Actions should be taken against the accused, he mentioned in another tweet. "Both university authorities and the Uttar Pradesh police have showed a shameful abdication of their duty to respect and protect the rights of students at BHU".

A BHU spokesperson said some students wanted to "forcibly" enter the vice-chancellor's residence but they were stopped by the BHU security guards.

Senior administrative and police officials reached the BHU campus to control the situation.

It is the duty of the University to provide security to the students from goons and it can not shirk away from this responsibility.

Calling the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh insensitive, Tewari said: "Instead of taking strict action against the culprits, Uttar Pradesh police rather resorted to baton charge on the girls".

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP over the police lathicharge allegedly on women students.

Supporting the "democratic and peaceful movement" of the students, Anand Kumar, Mohan Prakash and Anand Pradhan, the three former students' union leaders, expressed a "serious concern" over the assault on the protesters.