Allahabad varsity violence: Students’ union president among 22 arrested
Students tried to torch the university auditorium building after pouring kerosene through a window during Friday’s violence. The fire was doused at that time, but flames spread inside the law faculty auditorium at night.india Updated: Apr 29, 2017 20:50 IST
Police have arrested 22 students, including Allahabad University Students’ Union (AUSU) president Rohit Mishra and vice-president Adil Hamza, in separate raids in connection with arson and violence near the university campus.
Violence erupted on Friday during a protest by students demanding an inquiry into allegations of corruption at the university.
Police in Colonelganj registered an FIR against 2,000 unnamed and 46 named students allegedly involved in the violence and arson.
Police are now trying to identify the students involved in the violence through CCTV footage and photographs taken by police cameramen, Colonelganj inspector Sacchidanand Tripathi said.
He said raids were being carried out to nab the students involved in the ruckus on Friday.
All hostels of Allahabad University wore a deserted look on Saturday as the inmates fled, fearing police action.
Goods worth nearly Rs 50 lakh were destroyed in a fire at the university auditorium on Friday night. RK Chaubey, head of the university’s law department, said four air conditioners, a projector, furniture and other goods were gutted.
The students tried to torch the building after pouring kerosene through a window during Friday’s violence. The fire was doused at that time, but flames spread inside the law faculty auditorium at night.
The security guard called fire tenders on Saturday morning after he saw smoke billowing out of the premises.