BHU violence: A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in lathicharge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) which witnessed violence, in an ugly turn to a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident.Several police personnel were also injured. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report from Divisional Commissioner about the incident as various political parties, including Samajwadi Party, criticised the government and condemned the police action.To prevent further escalation of tension on the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) campus following the violence last night, the Varanasi district administration has closed down all undergraduate colleges in the district till further orders. The BHU administration has advanced Dasehra holidays by three days and suspended classes up to October 2.According to police, violence in the varsity campus erupted after some students protesting against the alleged eve-teasing incident ofThursday wanted to meet the BHU Vice Chancellor at his residence on Saturday night but were stopped by the university guards.During BHU violence, BHU spokesperson said, “Students wanted to enter the Vice Chancellor’s residence forcibly but when stopped by the guards there was stone pelting.”
The students are demanding round-the-clock security, making security personnel accountable for untoward incidents targeting girls, adequate lighting on roads to girls’ hostels, a CCTV network, proper checking at gates, recruitment of women security guards and a gender sensitisation panel. With the students refusing to relent, the district administration had to change the route of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s entourage.The incident happened within hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed his two-day visit to Varanasi and left for New Delhi.
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