The sequence of events that unfolded with the high court of Allahabad staying the new reservation policy formulated by the UPPSC were not quite unexpected.
The elated students belonging to general category first celebrated their ‘victory’ at Hindu hostel crossing by hurling abir and gulal on each other and later assembled at Balson’s crossing in a show of strength.
They were armed with bamboo sticks and other blunt weapons.
Students near Balson Crossing and thereafter at Salori on Monday.
When the students reached Salori, after crossing IERT, they started hurling stones at the police force assembled there.
The students were angry with the cops because the latter had done nothing to stop a mob of OBC students who had taken out a procession in Salori area on Sunday and hurled abuses at the general category students.
The students and cops clashed near Shukla market in Salori where frightened residents were seen peeping out of their houses to witness the clash.
As the students started targeting the wayside shops, the cops resorted to lathi-charge.
A number of general category students sustained injuries in the lathi-charge, as they ran helter-skelter to save themselves.
As police reinforcements arrived, students were forced on the backfoot with many of them leaving the place in a jiffy through lanes and by-lanes.
In doing so, many students had to cross dirty drains in the area. The police managed to round up about a dozen students and put them in a van.
Piqued by the students’ behaviour, SP city Shailesh Yadav allegedly threw a can on them, which hit several students stuffed inside the van like sardines.