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BHU violence: Yogi Adityanath govt orders judicial inquiry

Opposition parties targeted the BJP over the police action on the campus

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

BHU violence
Police remove Samajwadi Party workers who were trying a protest at Banaras Hindu University Gate against the police lathicharge on the female students of the university, in Varanasi on Monday | PTI Photo

The government on Tuesday ordered a judicial inquiry into the violence on the campus of the

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathi-charge by the police in where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent.

"A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the incidents," UP government spokesperson and cabinet minister Srikant Sharma said here.

He was speaking to media persons after a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister

Sharma, however, did not elaborate as to whether the probe would be conducted by a retired or sitting judge.

The violence erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity's vice-chancellor at his residence.

As opposition parties targeted the over the police action on the campus, Prime Minister and president yesterday spoke to the chief minister and asked him to address the issue at the earliest.

Sharma said the government wanted that there should be communication with the students by the local administration, vice chancellor and other university officials.

Sharma accused the opposition parties of trying to vitiate the academic atmosphere.

"If they wish to do politics, they should do it with us and not with students. They should keep away from holding agitations in campuses," he said.

On lathi-charge on girl students sitting on dharna against the alleged eve-teasing on the campus, he said, "We are identifying those 'outsiders' who are using the students to do politics and also identifying those who indulged in lathi-charge."

He said the government has asked the local administration to strengthen the security on the campus.

"It has been decided to install CCTV on the campus," he added.

First Published: Tue, September 26 2017. 16:20 IST