SP-BJP backed students clash, 12 wounded
Varanasi, Dec 5 (UNI) At least 12 students of Harishchandra PG College were wounded in clashes between rival groups representing the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Samajwadi Chatra Sabha (SCS) and subsequent police lathicharge here today.
The SCS and ABVP are the student outfits of ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP respectively.
The violence took place, when ABVP supported students coming out of the Harishchandra College after filing nomination for the December 13 student union elections were attacked by another group representing the SCS. The violence continued for nearly half-an-hour despite the Kotwali police station being just a stone's throw from the spot.
At least six students, including present vice-president of the students union and ABVP candidate for the post of president Shailendra Pandey suffered severe wounds in the clash.
Police arrived at the scene and used force to disperse the students indulging in violence.
The ABVP activists took shelter in the district hospital after damaging several vehicles. They also went on rampage at the hospital premises damaging at least two vehicles.
Police lathicharged the agitated students resulting in injuries to six other students. Two of them Neeraj Singh and Dimple were referred in critical state to a private hospital.
Station Officer (Kotwali) P K Verma said cops lathicharged to prevent students from damaging public property.
No case has been registered as yet and further investigations were on.
Meanwhile, getting the information, local BJP leaders including Varanasi Mayor Kaushalendra Singh reached the private hospital where the wounded ABVP activists were being treated.
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