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Police lathicharge anti-quota students' rally, 9 injured

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Kolkata, Aug 24 (UNI) At least seven students and two constables were injured when an anti-reservation rally by students turned violent following alleged baton charge by police.

DC Central Ajay Ranade told UNI that the incident occurred when a splinter group from the rally tried to deviate from the main route of the procession.

The constables escorting the rally tried to stop them and in the resulting scuffle a few students as well as policemen fell on the road and sustained injuries.

Mr Ranade, however, denied lathicharge by police.

The ''Youth for Equality'', a conglomerate of various student unions, is protesting the Centre's reservation policy.

''Police baton charge was absolutely unnecessary and unprovoked,'' students' representative Dr Kalyan Ashis Mukherjee told UNI.

''We are protesting for a cause and were heading for a destination when police used batons,'' he said.

He further said the injured students were taken to the Medical College and Hospital.

The students asked for a deputation to the Chief Minister to press for their demands.

They put up road blockades leading to severe traffic snarls causing immense hardship to the commuters.

UNI BA TJP SP ND1826

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