Asked to vacate hostel for summer break, Allahabad University students run riot
Students protesting an Allahabad University order to vacate hostels for the summer break ran riot on the road outside the union hall gate on Tuesday afternoon.
Sources said the agitators pelted passing vehicles with stones and set a UPSRTC workshop bus, a motorcycle and a police jeep on fire before finally being chased away by police personnel.
The agitation began with students gathering at the union hall to express their anger against the university order. They then came out onto the roads and staged a protest, which soon turned violent.
Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary squads and additional personnel from nearby police stations were called in to help. They later raided the Hindu Hostel on the premises in search of rioters, but everybody had fled by then.
“The situation is now under control,” said superintendent of police (city) Brijesh Srivastava.
Allahabad University proctor Ram Sevak Subey had told hostel residents on Monday that varsity authorities would kick-start their eviction drive with the help of police and district administration officials on June 12. They were given a week’s time to collect their belongings and vacate the premises.
The university had carried out a major eviction drive on the direction of the Allahabad high court last year too. Back then, several residents had damaged hostel property before leaving their rooms. This time round, the proctor warned that any hostel inmate found indulging in such acts will be subject to stringent action.