Gorakhpur university students clash with police
Students of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University clashed with the police, demanding immediate holding of students’ union elections.Updated: Sep 09, 2017 16:41 IST
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Students of the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University clashed with the police on Friday afternoon, demanding immediate holding of students’ union elections.
They were unhappy that deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, who visited the campus, did not announce the elections.
The students also pelted Sharma’s fleet of vehicles with stones. They also threw stones at a motorcade that was going to receive chief minister Yogi Adityanath later in the day.
The police have cordoned off the entire hostel area of the university after controlling the violence. The hostels were being searched.
Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma was on the university campus to attend an event. The students anticipated that he will announce polls. But even after two hours no such announcement was made. Sharma reportedly said the government will think the matter over if it received a proposal about it. At this, the students outside got agitated and damaged over a dozen two-wheelers parked near the administrative block of the university.
They also pelted the cars, including those of the deputy CM’s fleet, that were parked there. None of the cars in the fleet were damaged.
“The students misunderstood the deputy chief minister’s statement and started protesting, shouting slogans and indulging in brick-batting as soon as the programme ended,” the university’s proctor Gopal Prasad said.
The students said not holding elections was against their rights. Police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse students. Two students sustained head injuries. Nearly half-a-dozen others suffered leg injuries.
The news agency PTI quoted law student Sakshi Satyam, who aspires to contest the students’ union election, as alleging that students were dragged out of their hostels and beaten up.
“The police reached the spot and chased the protesters during which some of them suffered minor injuries,” the proctor said.
The students also held some university employees hostage in the administrative building and cut-off the electricity supply, he claimed according to PTI, adding that students had also beaten up a university worker.
A fleet of cars that was going from the police lines to the airport to receive chief minister Yogi Adityanath was first held up near the road close to the hostels. The students also attacked the cars in the area, including those in the fleet. After waiting for about 15 minutes, the fleet took another route to the airport.
Now, a Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) unit has been deployed at the hostels and the campus.
Station house officer (SHO) of Cantonment police station, Gorakhpur, Manoj Pathak said: “Three FIRs have been lodged in the incident. And nearly 12 students have been detained for interrogation. The situation is under control.”
(WITH PTI INPUTS)
First Published: Sep 09, 2017 16:41 IST