Though the district magistrate finds no reason to take such a severe measure against students, the police are considering to take the help of legal expert to impose the National Security Act (NSA) on those who turned violent during the protest against the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) decision on the reservation issue on July 15.
On their part, the Civil Lines police have identified 42 students who were alleged to have damaged public and private property in various parts of Civil Lines during the protest. The police are preparing to impose NSA against these students after July 22.
“Charges under the NSA will be imposed on students who created disorder and panic in this part of the city by rioting. After identifying such students, the file of NSA will be sent to the district magistrate as he will be the person who will be forwarding it,” said senior superintendent of police Mohit Agarwal.
He said the agitation should have been peaceful.
However, district magistrate Raj Shekhar said any action would be taken against students only after July 22.
“We are waiting for the (high court) hearing of July 22 after which any action will be taken. But there is no question of imposing NSA against students and action will be taken as per the cases lodged in Civil Lines police station,” he added.
The police have appealed to citizens to inform police if they have captured pictures of rioting by students on their cell phones or through any other means.
The Civil Lines police have already lodged four FIRs under separate sections against 2,500 students.