Four vehicles were torched and police were attacked on Friday by students of the Allahabad University who were protesting demanding, among others, an inquiry into allegations of corruption in the institute.
Trouble started in the morning when students gathered outside the vice chancellor’s office to press for their demands and tried to disrupt a meeting of the central university’s executive council, police said.
The council was scheduled to open sealed envelopes containing names of persons selected for appointment as registrar, finance officer and deputy registrars.
When the agitating students tried to prevent vice-chancellor RL Hangloo from leaving the campus after the meeting, police intervened and detained four protestors.
The arrest of their peers further infuriated the students who then tried to put up a road blockade, creating chaos near the district court and university campus at Katra and Bank Road.
When police tried to disperse them, they went berserk clashing with police and damaging vehicles. Among the torched vehicles were two buses and two cars.
Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Shalabh Mathur said action would be taken against the students involved in the violence.
The situation is now under control, Mathur added.