THE NATIONAL Students’ Union of India (NSUI) demonstration on the issues of `biased’ changes in the syllabus by State Government and the demand for the revival of direct elections to students’ council turned nasty, with police resorting to mild cane charge on NSUI workers at the Roshanpura Square on Friday afternoon.
NSUI claimed at least 25 of its members were injured and three had to be hospitalised. NSUI national president Nadeem Javed, who was in City to lead the demonstration later charged at a press conference that the lathi charge was a bid of the State Government to gag the peaceful voice of dissent raised by NSUI members.
However, police said the action was imminent as NSUI members allegedly pelted stones at the police injuring five personnel including CSP Dilip Singh Tomar and TI of Jehangirabad SM Zaidi. Additional SP G K Pathak told Hindustan Times there was no lathi charge on the NSUI cadre and the police only pushed them back as they were trying to break the barrier, defying
restrictions imposed by the District Collector during the State Assembly session duration.
Jehangirabad police registered a case against about eight NSUI members caught on the police video camera either breaking barrier or pelting stones, the ASP said.
The action came after more than 5,000 students gathered at the Roshanpura Square at around 2.00 pm as part of demonstrations on the State Assembly. As per restrictions during the Assembly session, police held NSUI workers behind the barriers constructed at Roshanpura while a delegation including the national president Nadeem Javed were escorted by the police to meet the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
However, no sooner had the leaders left the spot, NSUI members reportedly tried to break the barrier and proceed further. The police tried to hold them back but suddenly some members allegedly pelted stones on senior police officials present on the spot.
The stones hit CSP Tomar and SI Zaidi and three other constables, mildly injuring them. This prompted the police to charge at the NSUI cadre pushing them behind the barrier. In the ensuing melee some members of the NSUI received injuries. Later, Javed accompanied by State Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal told media persons that at least 25 members of NSUI were injured in the lathi charge. They also claimed that three members including Rakesh Yadav and Ranjit Dangi of Bhopal and Umesh Sengar of Ujjain were hospitalised after the charge.