Uttar Pradesh government orders judicial probe into BHU violence; NHRC issues notice

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathi-charge by the police during the BHU protest.

Published: 26th September 2017 03:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2017 06:19 PM   |  A+A-

The BHU has been in the news for over a year for issues like the ban on non-vegetarian food in women’s hostels and restrictions on women students’ movements after sundown. The molestation of a student last week brought the students' pent-up anger to the fore. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government today ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence on the campus of the Banaras Hindu University.

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathi-charge by the police during the BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent.

"A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the incidents," UP government spokesperson and cabinet minister Srikant Sharma said here. He was speaking to mediapersons after a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the vice chancellor of Banaras Hindu University over the eve-teasing and violence. READ THE FULL REPORT HERE.

Sharma, however, did not elaborate as to whether the probe would be conducted by a retired or sitting judge.

The violence erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity's vice-chancellor at his residence.

As opposition parties targeted the BJP over the police action on the campus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJPpresident Amit Shah yesterday spoke to the chief minister and asked him to address the issue at the earliest.

Sharma said the government wanted that there should be communication with the students by the local administration, vice chancellor and other university officials.

Sharma accused the opposition parties of trying to vitiate the academic atmosphere.

"If they wish to do politics, they should do it with us and not with students. They should keep away from holding agitations in campuses," he said.

On lathi-charge on girl students sitting on dharna against the alleged eve-teasing on the campus, he said, "We are identifying those 'outsiders' who are using the students to do politics and also identifying those who indulged in lathi charge."

He said the government has asked the local administration to strengthen the security on the campus.

"It has been decided to install CCTV on the campus," he added.

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