BHU violence: CM seeks report; classes suspended from tomorrow

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VARANASI: A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in the lathicharge by police at Hindu University of Banaras (BHU), which witnessed violence last night in an ugly turn to a protest against an alleged incident.

Following the violence, the university has announced “holidays” from tomorrow until October 2, advancing from 28 September.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requested a report from the Division Commissioner on Sunday about the incident, as several political parties, including the Samajwadi Party, criticized the government and condemned the police action.

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in the lathicharge by police.

Some police officers were also injured in clashes during which students were given to arson, police sources said.

Violence erupted after some students, protesting Thursday’s alleged provocative incident, wanted to meet with the rector at his residence last night, according to police and university sources.

The university’s security guards detained them and police were informed, according to university sources.

BHU spokesperson said that some students “wanted” to enter the VC residence, but were detained by university security guards.

Subsequently, there was stone honeysuckle by “outsiders” who had joined the students.

The police began to control the situation.