Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday sought a detailed report over violence inside Allahabad University after the arrest of four students for allegedly disrupting a meeting and violating prohibitory orders. He tasked the state chief secretary and the director-general of police with preparing the report and directed that all problems of the students should be speedily redressed.
A group of students, led by office bearers of the students’ union, had on Friday surrounded the university’s guest house at noon, where the executive council meeting was underway and shouted slogans demanding action against alleged financial irregularities in the institute. Prohibitory orders had been clamped in the area a few days ago in view of the unrest caused by a drive to evict unlawful occupants from university hostels following an order of the Allahabad High Court. Upon receiving information that a large number of students had gathered at the guest house without permission, a police party rushed to the spot.
Most of the agitators ran away but four of them were arrested, the police had earlier said. The students resented the arrests and despite efforts to explain that the same were made on account of violation of prohibitory orders, some of them turned violent and allegedly hurled stones at police personnel, damaging a number of vehicles parked nearby and smashing window panes.
They allegedly torched a bus parked near a hostel and set fire to a pile of old tyres on one of the roads, bringing traffic to a standstill. The agitators were chased away with the help of the Rapid Action Force and the Provincial Armed Constabulary.