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Injured As Police Lathi Charge Protesting Students At BHU

24 September 2017

Summary: VARANASI: Bid to carry out peace march by some students following night-long violence on Banaras Hindu University campus was foiled by police on Sunday morning.Inmates of Mahila Mahavidyalaya (MMV) hostel and students from other hostels started peace march from MMV crossing.

Students of the University went on protest after a woman student of the Arts Faculty was harassed by three men on a motorcycle inside the campus as she was returning to her hostel, but the security guard allegedly did not do anything to stop the accused. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the students. "However, the VC did not meet us and police were ordered to lathi-charge and forcefully evacuate students", said Ananya, a second-year History (Hons) student.

The protesting students had hoped that PM Modi would meet them.

The students hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would react to the issue during his visit to Varanasi as he himself represents the constituency.

# Centre should find solution by interaction and not by force.

Several police officials have also been injured in the clash with the students but none of them are under serious situation. "Lathicharge on BHU students is condemnable".

The protesting students said the authorities did not take any action against the guilty men or the proctors.

BHU students are protesting against university administrators' apathy towards safety of girls.

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The victim resides in one of the hostels of the university.

Police and BHU professors tried to pacify the students on Friday, but they refused to end their protest and sought assurances from the university vice-chancellor.

The warden's response angered the student's colleagues, who sat on a "dharna" at the main gate midnight Thursday. She alleged that the administration blamed her for the incident as she was outside college hostel after 6 pm.

The prime Minister's covoy was supposed to pass through BHU gate to reach Manas Mandir and Durgakund temple from DLW guest house as large scale barricading and deployment of forces was evident on this route.

"The protesters were told any dharna or demonstration without prior permission is banned on BHU premises", the Hindustan Times quoted the university's public relations officer Rajesh Singh as saying. "It is intolerable in a democracy and the government should apologise", he said, adding people will take to the streets to protest it. They have also been warned that they'll not be provided with either security or basic facilities of mess, electricity, water etc.

Injured As Police Lathi Charge Protesting Students At BHU