Benaras, Nov 21: In a violent clash between students of the Benaras Hindu University and the police, several cops were injured as students resorted to hit-and-run attacks over the issue of restoration of students' union instead of election to the students' council.
Several vehicles were destroyed and an ice-cream container was set ablaze by the agitating students who looted the ice-cream on the hostel Road. While cops complained of injuries in stone pelting, a student claimed that he was hit by a bullet. However, police said that this was not possible as there was no firing in any part of the campus. In fact, the police claimed that the student was hit by a stone splinter. Many students are said to have suffered injuries when the police used force to disperse their gathering at different places in campus.
The university authorities had sought the help of police and the local administration as it sensed tension. Once the nomination process began in all the faculty offices on Thursday morning, the students associated with ABVP, NSUI, SCS and other associations boycotted classes and took out processions from various faculties. The cops initially tried to disperse the crowd and tried to convince the students to call the stir off, but had to resort to stern measures once they started using violence.
After the police action, students started using guerilla tactics to attack the police. They reached the SSL Hospital compound from where they started pelting stones. A lady police station officer and several other cops suffered injuries in this incident. An icecream van was stopped, the driver thrashed and the good looted; the van was then set ablaze.
The agitation in a way exposed the internal politics of the academicians and the administrative department. Chief proctor A K Joshi, said, "Some responsible people on the campus are heeding to the advice of 'others' instead of following my guidelines. Due to thus, I had tendered my resignation from the post of chief proctor on Wednesday but it has not been considered so far. It is definite that I am not going to continue as chief proctor from Friday," said Joshi.