A demonstration organised by National Students Union of India (NSUI) in Indore to protest against MP Professional Examination Board scam turned violent on Friday afternoon.
About 300 NSUI members and Congress party leaders had assembled at Moti Tabela in Indore to protest against the scam. The administration and police had erected barricades to prevent entry of demonstrators inside the collectorate. However, NSUI activists forced their way up to the collectorate gate from Moti Tabela which led to a scuffle.
Police used water canons to disperse NSUI activists at Collectorate, in Indore on Friday. They were protesting against MP Professional Examination Board scam. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)
As the scuffle grew violent, the police resorted to minor lathi charge and opened water canons to disperse the agitators. This angered the demonstrators and some of them pelted stones at cops. The incident occurred between 1pm and 1.30pm. Finally, fire tenders were pressed into service to control the situation.
Later, the police arrested Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav, state NSUI president Vipin Wankhede, city Congress president Pramod Tandon among a dozen others. After the police took away their leaders, NSUI activists left the spot.
The administration and police erected barricades to prevent NSUI activists from entering the Collectorate premises, in Indore on Friday. (Arun Mondhe/HT photo)
Yadav, who led the agitation, said the NSUI had planned a peaceful protest. However, the administration prevented NSUI members from reaching the collectorate gate. He alleged that the administration and police acted on BJP’s directives.
Nearly 200 policemen including senior police officials were deployed to control the situation.
This was the first major protest organised by NSUI ever since MP Professional Examination Board scam broke out eight months ago in which ineligible students got admission in medical and engineering colleges.