BHU Clashes: 5 Officers Removed, FIR Against 1,000 Students For Arson

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| September 25 , 2017 , 15:08 IST

Taking action just 24 hours after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath called for a report from Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Nitin Gokarn over the violence that took place at the Banaras Hindu University, FIR has been filed against 1,000 students on charges of arson while ACMs, Station Officer and Circle Officer have been removed for lathi charging.

On September 23, protesting students attempted to reach the residence of the BHU Vice Chancellor but were stopped by policemen resulting in violent clashes after which police personnel used lathi charge to disperse the students, injuring several including 4 females who suffered head injuries.

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The brutal action of the police personnel, one episode of which was caught on camera, led to demonstrations and protests against the government for the violence meted out to female students.

Additional City Magistrates Manoj Kumar Singh, Sushil Kumar Gaund and Jagdamma Prasad Singh, along with Station Officer (SO) of Lanka police station Rajiv Singh and Circle Officer (CO) Belapur Nivesh Katiyar were removed prima facie for executing the charge.

The students had been protesting the victim shaming of a first year Fine Arts student when they attempted to reach the Vice Chancellor. On September 21, the first year student was sexually harassed by 3 men on a motorcycle inside the university campus as she was returning to the hostel. When the victim raised the issue to the authorities, they instead blamed her as to why she was returning so late. Spurred by the reaction of the university authorities, students protested the lack of safety on campus and the 'victim-shaming'.

BHU Vice Chancellor G C Tripathi alleged that outsiders were involved in flaring up the situation in the while students said that they had been denied a meeting with Tripathi after which the students sat on 'dharna'. In a statement, BHU claimed that the dharna was politically motivated to malign the image of the university before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the city.