For many residents in the vicinity of the Rajasthan University, it was ‘prayers answered’.
On Thursday, the police finally took affirmative action to rein in the misguided aggression and utter rowdiness of the candidates contesting Rajasthan University Students’ Union elections.
“Students belonging to ABVP and NPPSU pelted stones at each other leaving four policemen, who were trying to control them, injured,” said Tejpal Singh, Gandhi Nagar ACP. Singh himself sustained injuries and got his hand fractured. The clash lasted for two hours and caused severe inconvenience to the commuters.
Police baton-charged unruly supporters who not only went about breaking the code of conduct despite timely reminders, but also started harassing the shopkeepers and passersby on roads leading to the university.
Cops had to resort to cane-charge at at least four places including, the Commerce College, Rambagh Circle (opposite Subodh College), Janta Store and at the Gandhi Circle.
At the Janta Store, cops caned the supporters of Rajesh Mandia, a candidate who is contesting the polls on the ticket of MP Kirori Lal Meena’s political outfit. The candidate’s supporters had started to pull out the bamboo shoots off a flower seller’s stall.
When they started to remove the banners of rival candidates, the cops went after them. At several places, policemen in plain clothes joined their colleagues in the khaki to disperse the misbehaving students.
The efforts of the police to maintain law and order on the campus and around it drew praise from the nearby residents and commuters. Shashank Agarwal, a resident of Malviya Nagar, said, “They (police) should have done this long ago.”
Student leaders though, fumed over the action taken against their supporters.