The National Students Union of India (NSUI) staged a protest at the Rajasthan University campus on Thursday, demanding action against the police for “showing excessive brutality”.
The agitation was held a day after the police lathi-charged a group of RU students protesting against a recent attack on Independent MLA from Nagaur, Hanuman Beniwal.
“On what basis did the police enter the university campus? The students were organising a peaceful rally when the police started the lathi-charge. Many of our students were injured. Our NSUI office was also raided. We demand action against police brutality. Also, a case be registered against Gandhi nagar police for illegal entry,” said Vidyadhar Meel, RUSU vice president of NSUI.
Around 500 students under the banner ‘Kisaan Yuva Aakrosh Rally’ had assembled at the university campus on Wednesday morning protesting against the alleged attack on Beniwal. The procession turned violent when police tried to contain them in the campus resulting in alleged stone pelting by the agitating students. The police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse them that led to vandalism and chaos on the campus, leaving 30 students and 18 policemen injured.
“Police entering the campus was an unfortunate event. I spoke to the agitating students today and requested them to maintain law and order,” said vice chancellor JP Sighal.
Gandhinagar police on Thursday released 46 students who were arrested on vandalism charges a day before.