Stoning, lathicharge and arrests mar NSUI protest

Indore : Activists of National Students’ Union of India ( NSUI) led by their president Roji John and Congress state president Arun adav on Wednesday staged a demonstration near the collectorate in protest against Vyapam and scholarship scams.

The protestors alleged that many RSS, BJP leaders and government officers were involved in the Vyapam scam but the state government is shying away from exposing them.

They also alleged that the government officials having hand in glove with colleges pocketed money allocated as scholarship to students belonging to SC, ST and OBC students.

Police had to resort to lathicharge, use water cannons and lob tear gas shells to disperse the agitated protestors who in turn pelted stones. Some activists and policemen were sustained minor injuries in the stoning and lathicharge.

To bring the situation under control, police arrested some of the agitators including Roji John, Arun adav, NSUI state president Vipin Wankhede, Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Satyadev Katare.

They were later released on bond. Following the call of the protest by the NSUI, heavy police were deployed in and around the collectorate since morning.

As the NSUI and Congress leaders gathered at Harsidhi, police got shops on the route towards collectorate down shutters.

Police barricaded the route towards the collectorate and when the protestors reached there in the form of rally, they were advised not to cross the barricaded.

The advice fell on deaf ears. After little argument with the police, the NSUI workers tried to remove the barricades forcing police to resort to lathicharge.

As tempers grew, water cannons were used to disperse the crowd but to no avail. Police then lobbed tear gas shells forcing the activists to run for cover.

As police stopped, the activists again came out and started pelting stones forcing police to resort to action.

it was only after agitating Congress leaders and NSUI activists were arrested, the protest came to an end.

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