Students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have been on a dharna and fast unto death for the past 5 days for the reopening of the university. Today early morning around 6.30 police came and dragged some of the protesting students and detained them at the Lanka police station. Among the arrested students are Ashutosh Kumar, Anupam Kumar, Sumit Yadav, and Avinash.
There was a minor scuffle between students and the police when students asked the police for the arrest notice for the students. As soon as the news of the arrest spread across the campus thousands of students came and gheraoed the Lanka Police station and demanded the detained students be released. Students allege that police have forcefully arrested a total of eight students and many of them have been hurt.
While talking to Vananchal Express, the student leader Akanksha Azad said that around 6.30 in the morning police came with the college administration. Without any notice, they started dragging students from the protest site. We are all locked inside the gates. The arrested students are Ashutosh Kumar, Anupam Kumar, Sumit Yadav, and Avinash have been also hurt during the process. The arrested students are Ashutosh Kumar, Anupam Kumar, Sumit Yadav, and Avinash. Police have kept the protesting students in the Lanka Police station.
Ashutosh Kumar told the Vananchal express team that -“The police were putting pressure on him and his friends to sign the form that says that the arrest is made according to IPC-41A.”
Notable the police can only put somebody under arrest in section 41A when somebody has complained against the person in the police station. Then the accused is presented for questioning in front of the Police for questioning.
Ashutosh said- “The police is saying that they were called by the college administration while the college admin is saying that it is the district administration that has taken matters into its hands. This has fully exposed the true face of the university administration.”
After almost four hours, around 10 AM police released all detained students.
Students of BHU have been protesting to fully open the university since 22nd Feb 2021 at the Singh Dwar of the Lanka. Today was their fifth day of the sit-in. Student leader Ashutosh started the fast unto death on Thursday. Since then the university and the district administration have been escalated. Students were warned last night itself that they might get arrested in the night or they could be attacked.
The article was first published at Junputh.