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Run up to student polls: 12 students injured in police lathicharge in Kurukshetra

Press Trust of India  |  Kurukshetra 

police Friday resorted to a mild batoncharge on students of University sitting on a 'dharna' outside the campus demanding direct polls to elect their union leaders, injuring at least 12 of them.

Similar police action against students has been reported from in Rohtak, but it was not immediately clear if anyone was injured there. There were also reports of protest by students in Sirsa.

More than 200 students affiliated with student organisations, including NSUI, had sat on a protest in front of Gate No. 3 of University in support of their demands, blocking the movement of vehicles on Kurukshetra-Pehowa road.

of Police Gurmaij Singh said police resorted to mild lathicharge when students held up traffic on the road.

He said all students were dispersed from the site after the police action.

"An FIR under various sections of IPC has been registered and police is trying to arrest the student leaders who incited the students," he said.

The student union elections in colleges and universities are being organised on October 17, after a gap of 22 years. However, the BJP government in the state has decided to hold indirect polls to students unions.

In indirect polls, class representatives are elected in colleges and department representatives in universities, who will elect the and other office-bearers of student organisations.

Various students' organisations, including NSUI and the now-disbanded INSO, have been protesting against the move to hold indirect polls.

from Rohtak Deepender said the should not "snatch" the right of students to elect their leaders directly.

"Holding indirect polls in a democratic set-up has no meaning. By holding indirect elections, the government is attempting to saffronise universities," Hooda told reporters in Chandigarh.

has directed officials to ensure smooth and peaceful conduct of the election.

Student union polls were banned in 1996 by then following incidents of violence.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 17:35 IST