Cops baton charge girl students on hunger strike

JAIPUR: The police on Tuesday lathicharged a group of girl students, who were on hunger strike along with student leaders on the Rajasthan University campus, demanding transfer from their college after it was declared that their college was not affiliated to the RU.

But the police action has came under scanner as some girls were brutally beaten up by male police constables. A few of them received minor injuries but they continued to protest and obstructed the entrance to VC secretariat until the evening.

The protesting girls were in their early 20s and some of them married. One girl fainted in the scorching heat. She was rushed to a nearby clinic. “The police beat us up with bamboo sticks causing internal injuries to several girls,” Geeta Sharma, a protesting student, said.

The BJP has condemned the act of cops resorting to baton against girl students. Girl students of 2010-11 batch from Laxmi Bai B Ed College at Jamwaramgarh gathered at the main gate of the VC.

They went to the VC secretariat to meet the officials. But when they got to know that the VC had refused to meet them, they sought help from the union leaders. “As directed, we blocked the entrance to VC secretariat and raised slogans,” a protesting student said.

Soon, the proctor rushed to the block upon hearing the noise. Students lied down before VC B L Sharma’s car. “Cops on the campus resorted to lathicharge only when the students attempted to hurt university officials, including the VC,” Ashk Mohammed, SHO Gandhi Nagar police station, said. There was commotion on the campus for a hour. TOI tried to contact the VC but he didn’t pick up the phone.

They alleged Pre-Teachers Entrance Test, Jodhpur allotted a college, which was not affiliated to RU. The matter came into light in January when the candidates were declared ineligible for the final exam.

University officials told the students to seek court interference in the matter. Students, mostly married and from lower income groups pooled in money and challenged the university order, which was upheld by the high court. Since then they have been running from pillar to post. Their repeated pleas fell on deaf ears. Even the VC, who had earlier acknowledge that girls are not at fault refused to meet them.

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