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UP Police Begins Probe In Late-Night Violence At Banaras Hindu University

Varanasi:  Twenty top university officials have been sent notices by UP police’s crime branch days after clashes broke out at Banaras Hindu University. They have been asked to record their statement in the late-night violence in which several students, including women, and two journalists were injured. 

Last Saturday, violence erupted at the university following protests against alleged inaction and victim-shaming in a molestation case inside the campus. Students say they only wanted to meet Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi and tried to enter his residence when they were stopped by the university guards. Soon the cops, who were stationed outside the campus, entered and lathicharged to disperse them. 

Gyanendra Prasad, Superindent of Police (Crime), said they are analysing the CCTV footage and a cyber team has put a dozen mobile numbers, which were active near the incident spot, on surveillance.

He said notices have been served to senior officials, including former chief proctor ON Singh, who were on duty on the day of incident. They have been asked to record their oral or written statement within three days.

They are gathering information about visitors and anti-social elements allegedly residing in and around the campus. Any person with information regarding the incident can also provide details, he said adding, their identity would be kept secret.

Senior Superintendent of Police RK Bhardwaj, who transferred the investigation to the Crime Branch and the Lanka Police, is also assisting in the probe.