After a number of protesting students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathicharge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), the Uttar Pradesh government on September 25 has removed three additional city magistrates and two policemen.
According to a release from Varanasis District Information office, three additional city magistrates, Manoj Kumar Singh, Sushil Kumar Gaund and Jagdamma Prasad Singh have also been removed.
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, police officials said.
Circle Officer of Bhelupur, Nivesh Katiyar has also been removed and Circle Officer of Kotwali Ayodhya Prasad Singh posted in his place.
The incident happened when the protest by the students of Banaras Hindu University against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent on September 30.
The incident wherein a woman student of the Arts Faculty was allegedly harassed by three motorcycle-borne men inside the campus while she was returning to her hostel triggered the dharna.
In the wake of the violence, the university has advanced holidays from September 28 to September 25 until October 2.
As the various political parties including Samajwadi Party and Congress have criticised the government and condemned the police action, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report from Divisional Commissioner about the incident.
According to police, some policemen were also injured in the clashes during which students indulged in arso and stone pelting.
Police used lathicharge to control the situation.
“I have sought a report from the Divisional Commissioner, Varanasi, about the entire incident,” said Adityanath in Lucknow.
The lathicharge on journalists led to protests in Lucknow with some journalists staging a sit-in near the CM’s residence. They later gave a memorandum to the District Magistrate demanding action against the guilty.
The BHU students have been protesting against the rising eve-teasing incidents near the university’s main gate since September 21.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP government and said the violence was the “BJP version of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao in BHU”.
“Lathicharge on BHU students is condemnable. The government must find solutions through talks and not force. There should be action against those involved,” tweeted former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.