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BHU violence: Additional magistrates, cops removed, students protest


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Varanasi/Lucknow : Three additional city magistrates of Varanasi and two police officers were on Monday removed in connection with the lathicharge on students in the Banaras Hindu University and a high-level probe was ordered into the incident that has spiralled into a major controversy, reports PTI.

As opposition parties targeted the BJP over the police action on the campus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and asked him to address the issue at the earliest.

An FIR has been filed against unidentified policemen in connection with the lathicharge on Saturday night in which a number of students, including women, were injured, police officials said. At least two journalists were also injured in the police action.

A case has also been registered against over 1,000 students in connection with the violence in the university, they said.

Meanwhile, several student groups carried out protests in New Delhi on Monday against the lathicharge by police on woman students of BHU. Congress’s student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) took out a march against the Human Resource Development Ministry at Raisina Road, as did the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

A joint protest was staged by students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), along with Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, All India Democratic Women’s Association, All India Progressive Women’s Association, Pinjra Tod, National Federation of Indian Women, including others, at the Jantar Mantar.

A press release from Varanasi’s District Information office said three additional city magistrates, Manoj Kumar Singh, Sushil Kumar Gaund and Jagdamma Prasad Singh have been removed.

Circle Officer of Bhelupur, Nivesh Katiyar, has also been removed and has been replaced by Circle Officer of Kotwali Ayodhya Prasad Singh, police officials said.

Station Officer of Lanka Police Station Rajiv Singh has been removed and sent to police lines. Station officer of Jaitpura Police Station Sanjiv Mishra has been posted in his place, the officials said. The police action took place on Saturday night after students, agitating against an alleged eve-teasing incident, wanted to meet the Vice Chancellor at his residence.

 “A committee has been constituted under the chief secretary. Necessary action will be taken on the basis of its report. The committee will see as to how the police had behaved and examine other aspects,” Governor Ram Naik said in Lucknow today while responding to queries from mediapersons about the incident.

The governor described the incident as sad.

The chief minister had on Sunday asked the divisional commissioner to submit details about the incident.

The police action against the students on the university campus has been criticised by various parties, including the Congress and the Samwajwadi Party.

Samajwadi Party workers held a sit-in in Varanasi and slogans were raised against the prime minister.

Over 200 Samajwadi Party activists were detained while they were going to meet the injured students as well as  protesting students

Samajwadi Party’s state spokesperson Manoj Rai Dhoopchandi said a special committee comprising senior party leaders was heading to BHU to meet the injured students and also enquire about the incident from protesting students when the police detained them.