Violence erupts again in BHU; 5 hostels evacuated

Five hostels were evacuated in Banaras Hindu University after students of two hostels clashed with each other on Friday, the second day of the ongoing stalemate between varsity and students who want the earlier form of the students union to be brought back.

PTI| Updated: Nov 22, 2014, 00:22 AM IST

Varanasi: Five hostels were evacuated in Banaras Hindu University after students of two hostels clashed with each other on Friday, the second day of the ongoing stalemate between varsity and students who want the earlier form of the students union to be brought back.

A scuffle broke out again today between a group of students of Broacha and Birla hostel in early morning, following which some students among them damaged few vehicles in the varsity campus and went on rampage, police said.

As soon as the information of violence in BHU came to the knowledge of police officials, DIG (Varanasi range), SK Bhagat, DM, Pranjal Yadav, SSP, Jogendra Kumar, and IG, (Varanasi zone) Amrendra Kumar rushed to the spot.

"Nearly 35-40 students of Birla and other hostels of BHU have been detained for interrogation by police today for their alleged suspicious involvement in the violence that took place today as well as yesterday," DIG (Varanasi range) SK Bhagat said today.

"There have been inputs that some outsiders were also staying in these hostels and were inciting violence in?the university campus," Bhagat said.

"We have asked students of five hostels of BHU, Birla A, B and C hostel along with Raja Ram Mohan and Lal Bahadur Shastri hostels, to make an indefinite?evacuation of their hostel rooms, just as a step taken for a precautionary measure for the time being, so that the prevailing violence in the university may be controlled and no incidents may re-occur," Bhagat said.

An additional police force and PAC jawans have been soon deployed in the BHU campus immediately after the violent incident today, he said, adding that a large number of police force was already deployed there since yesterday.

BHU Vice Chancellor Rajeev Sangal told reporters that "an inquiry would be done to investigate the entire incident", adding that they would prefer a retired judge to conduct the investigation.

Sangal said that some outsiders were mainly involved in the incident and they played a major role in provoking BHU students for the violence. These outsiders were nearly 15-20 persons, he said.

He said the incident in the university campus was a pre-planned conspiracy by some people, which needs to be investigated.

"Five hostels have been closed for indefinite time," he said.

He also attributed media reports of a student Shivam sustaining a gun shot injury to be a rumour and added that his wound is of some hard hitting stone.

He said a name list of 10 persons has been sent for registering an FIR to senior police officers for their alleged role in the violence.

BHU Medical Officer K K Gupta said that two students have been admitted in ICU and four in other wards. One was admitted in ICU yesterday and one has been admitted today and nearly 21 injured students came for treatment and were let off after getting first aid, Gupta said.

Trouble began yesterday during the first round of nomination process for election to the students council in the varsity, when the students started picketing on the campus demanding that all rights and the earlier form of the students union be restored.

The BHU students union was dissolved in 1997 after a large-scale violence. Since then for nearly 10 years, the campus remained without students union.

In 2007-08, a students council was formed in place of the students union. But the student groups have been raising the demand of restoration of the students union from a long time.