Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday ordered an investigation over Banaras Hindu University (BHU) violence where a number of students, including girls and media persons, were injured in lathicharge by the police. Orders have been given to close down BHU till October 2, and all the students have been asked to vacate their rooms by Sunday evening. The students were protesting against increased incidents of eve teasing. On Saturday night, the irate students took to streets, later pelting stones and set many vehicles on fire. Later, the police resorted to lathicharge in which several girl students and media persons were injured. The BHU administration issued a statement on Sunday saying that protest of the students was "politically motivated" to malign the image of the university. The university also said that security guards were regularly patrolling the campus and assistance from the police was sought from time-to-time to maintain peace in the campus. “Majority of the people who were involved in violence were outsiders and not the bonafide students of the university,” BHU spokesman said in his statement. “These were the anti-national elements who were out to malign BHU’s image,” it said. The tremors of the university were felt in state capital where a section of journalists staged protest outside CM’s residence demanding action against DM and SSP for ordering lathicharge in which a few media persons were also injured.
The protests in BHU started about four days ago against an incident of eve teasing. What triggered the violence was an incident in which a woman student of Arts faculty was allegedly harassed by three men on a motorcycle inside the campus while she was returning to her hostel. Reports say three men abused her and fled when she resisted their attempts. The woman alleged that security guards, about 100 metres from where the incident happened, did nothing to stop the men. She said in her complaint that her warden, instead of taking up the issue with her superiors, asked her why was she was returning late to the hostel.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday mocked the ruling BJP and also had a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the police action against agitating girl students in Banaras Hindu University(BHU) . ''BJP version of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao,'' Gandhi tweeted taking a pot shot at the Prime Minister referring to his favourite scheme soon after the videos of the police using baton against the women students became public.