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Jaipur turns battleground as students, teachers protest

jaipur Updated: Nov 29, 2014 01:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Rajasthan University

The centres of power in Jaipur were fortified with heavy police force in the wake of aggressive protests by Rajasthan University students and Vidyarthi Mitras on Friday.

While student activists protested against the scrapping of elections by the high court, Vidyarthi Mitras (teaching assistants) demonstrated demanding regularisation of their posts.

Police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse students who blocked the road outside the university and pelted stones, official sources said, adding that some students and police personnel received injuries in the violence.

Also, hundreds of Vidyarthi Mitras under the banner of Rajasthan Vidyarthi Mitra Shikshak Sangh staged a sit-in outside the BJP office. The protesters shouted anti-government slogans while raising their demands.

The protesters' representatives met home minister Gulab Chand Kataria, but talks remained inconclusive. Heavy police force was deployed to control the protesters and even the state secretariat was barricaded from all sides.

At the university, students pelted stones on police personnel, reacting to which police used force to push them back. Three of the protesting students who had contested in the elections made failed attempts of self-immolation and were detained by police.

The activists of ABVP and NSUI, including those who contested in the last union polls shouted slogans against police commissioner for his affidavit presented in the court.

The commissioner in his affidavit had mentioned large-scale violations of the Lyngdoh committee recommendations by the candidates contesting the student union elections.

On the basis of the commissioner's report, the high court had cancelled the elections and asked that they be held again in accordance with the guidelines.

Friday's protests led to traffic disruptions and diversions, with main roads near the university, state secretariat and BJP office being blocked.