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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Lucknow, July 17, 2013
As many as four FIRs have been lodged against 2,500 unidentified students for rioting, damaging public property, causing hurt and disobedience of order. The students had allegedly gone on a rampage in Civil Lines area here on Monday. While two FIRs have been lodged by the police, one was filed by owner of Atlantis Mall and another on behalf of UPSRTC.

“Police have also identified 25 students through video footage and launched a manhunt at various hostels and lodges to nab them,” station officer, Civil Lines police station Amarnath Yadav said.

It may be mentioned that students, who were opposing the decision of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) to open up the unreserved seats for all categories, went berserk on Monday. They damaged about two-dozen private and UP State Road Transport Corporation.

The resentment soon spread to other parts of the busy Civil Lines and within no time, shopping mall and the house of sitting MLA from Phulpur, Sayeed Ahmad, in Civil Lines was also attacked. The MLA’s guard was even manhandled.

Ahmad had claimed to pacify the agitators.

No complaint has been lodged by him so far.

Meanwhile, former district unit president of National Students Union of India (NSUI) Jitendra Tiwari condemned the lodging of FIR and said the agitation was the result of inaction on the part of the UPPSC chairman Anil Kumar Yadav.

He said police action could jeopardize the career of several aspirants and added that “The agitation will spread to state level if police makes any arrests.”

A letter regarding this has also been faxed to district magistrate Raj Shekhar.