Don't trouble students but deal with anti-social elements: Yogi Adityanath after BHU violence

He stated that a magisterial enquiry had been ordered into the incident.

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Don't trouble students but deal with anti-social elements: Yogi Adityanath after BHU violence
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On Tuesday, UP CM Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the violence on BHU campus stating that a magisterial enquiry had been ordered into the incident. He also said that the administration has been advised not to trouble ‘students but deal strongly with anti-social elements vitiating the atmosphere’.

He said: “Magisterial enquiry has been ordered into the incident, where some journalists were also lathicharged. Administration has been advised to not trouble any student, but deal strongly with anti-social elements vitiating the atmosphere. We are going to give the information and report of this entire incident to Centre Govt also.”

The NHRC has issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the BHU vice-chancellor over alleged inaction on "complaints of eve-teasing" on the campus, and the police action against the students, who were protesting over the issue.

The students, mostly women, had been protesting, demanding a meeting with vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi for ensuring their safety and security.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today said it has taken cognisance of media reports about alleged inaction on the part of the Banaras Hindu University authorities on a "complaint of eve-teasing and subsequent use of unwarranted manhandling and thrashing of agitating students, mostly women, by the Uttar Pradesh Police".

The rights panel issued notice to the UP chief secretary and the director general of police, and the BHU VC, seeking a detailed report in four weeks.

"They have been asked to include the details of action taken against the miscreants and precautionary measures taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur," the NHRC said in a statement.

The Commission observed that the contents of the media reports, carried on September 25-26, are indicative of "lapses on the part of the university authorities, including the security guards, who instead of taking quick action on the complaint of eve-teasing, allegedly indulged in sarcastic comments towards the victim girl".

The students were protesting the alleged incident of eve-teasing and inaction by the security guards. In return, they were subjected to "inhuman treatment" by the police, which amounts to "violation of human rights of the students", it said in a statement.

"The university authorities should have acted sensibly as the matter related to the dignity of a woman. The police authorities resorted to rather harsh steps than the situation, perhaps, warranted," the Commission added.

The Congress demanded a thorough inquiry by into the lathi-charge on women students of Banaras Hindu University an all-party parliamentary panel.

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Raj Babbar also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not meeting the protesting women students of BHU, who were beaten up by the police.

He said the women students were like the prime minister's daughters and that Modi failed in his duties towards them.

"There should be a credible probe by a team of MPs from all parties who should visit BHU and give a report to the central government as the university comes under its purview," he told reporters.

"Our prime minister was in Varanasi when the students were staging a dharna and he should have come ... at least walked up to them as they were like his daughters. Perhaps he does not know how to fulfil the duties of a father," he said.

Babbar alleged that there was a "definite pattern" in the violence at BHU.

He said the BHU lathicharge was not an ordinary incident and such cases were witnessed in Hyderabad and JNU as well.

The Congress leader said the women students were beaten up on Daughters' Day on September 14.

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

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

With inputs from PTI

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