MDU, KU protesters lath­icharged

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Htpunjab&haryana - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

OVER 2 DOZEN IN­JURED IN ROHTAK, FIVE GIRLS AMONG 10 AR­RESTED IN KURUKSHETRA

ROHTAK/KAR­NAL/HISAR: The stu­dent body polls, to be held in Haryana uni­ver­si­ties on Oc­to­ber 17 af­ter over two decades, have been marred with vi­o­lence even be­fore their start as stu­dent unions op­pos­ing the ‘in­di­rect method of elec­tions’ clashed with po­lice at Ma­harshi Dayanand Uni­ver­sity (MDU), Rohtak, on Fri­day, lead­ing to lath­icharge by the cops.

Stu­dents of the Kurukshetra Uni­ver­sity were also can­charged by the po­lice when they tried to block the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road. Nine of the 11 stu­dent unions in MDU, in­clud­ing NSUI, SFI and INSO were sit­ting on a protest block­ing the en­trance to the uni­ver­sity on Fri­day.

As po­lice tried to clear the way to the en­trance, stu­dents clashed with cops and top­pled po­lice bar­ri­cades, fol­low­ing which the po­lice re­sorted to lath­icharge.

At least, two dozen stu­dents re­ceived in­juries while sev­eral were de­tained, though they were re­leased by the po­lice later af­ter stu­dents in­ten­si­fied protest.

Rohtak su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SP) Jashan­deep Singh Rand­hawa said, “The stu­dents at­tacked the po­lice, due to which we had to use mild force for self­de­fense.”

INSO pres­i­dent Pradeep Deswal claimed 60 of his union mem­bers were in­jured in the lath­icharge. “The govern­ment is pro­mot­ing un­demo­cratic elec­tions in col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, which is not ac­cept­able. We raised our voice to­day and were lath­icharged, but this will not stop us from con­tin­u­ing our bat­tle for demo­cratic elec­tions,” he said.

MDU vice-chan­cel­lor (V-C) Bi­jen­der Pu­nia met the protest­ing stu­dents and asked them to sub­mit a mem­o­ran­dum with their de­mands, which he as­sured to for­ward to the higher au­thor­i­ties for rel­e­vant ac­tion.

The stu­dent unions are up­set at the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion to hold in­di­rect elec­tions, in which class rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be elected who will them col­lec­tively de­cide for the posts of pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent etc.

In Kurukshetra also, po­lice also canecharged the protest­ing mem­bers of the stu­dent unions of KU. Heavy po­lice de­ploy­ment was made near the uni­ver­sity when the protesters, who were mem­bers of INSO, SFI and NSUI, locked the gate num­ber-3 of the cam­pus. But they later de­cided to block the Kaithal-Kurukshetra road and po­lice used force to dis­burse the protesters.

When the protesters re­fused to lift the block­ade the po­lice canecharged them and man­aged to clear the road.

The po­lice also ar­rested about 10 protesters, in­clud­ing Jasvin­der Khaira of INSO, Divyansh Bud­hi­raja of NSUI and Shah­nawaj of SFI. Those ar­rested in­cluded five girls.

The po­lice also booked about 150 protesters un­der Sec­tions of 147, 149, 186 and 341 of the IPC.

20 STU­DENTS DE­TAINED IN HISAR

In Hisar, 20 stu­dent lead­ers protest­ing on the cam­pus of Guru Jamb­hesh­war Uni­ver­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (GJU&ST) were de­tained.

The protesters had gath­ered at the teach­ing block-7 from where they marched to the of­fice of vicechan­cel­lor (V-C) Tankesh­war Kumar, de­mand­ing di­rect elec­tions. When some stu­dents tried to en­ter the V-C of­fice force­fully, po­lice foiled their at­tempt.

The V-C paci­fied the stu­dents, who later reached near the main gate of the uni­ver­sity, where they tried to block en­trance.

The po­lice de­tained more than 20 stu­dents, who were later re­leased.

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