Banasthali campus under siege over rape claims

JAIPUR: Banasthali Vidyapeeth in Tonk’s Niwai area witnessed widespread student unrest late on Thursday as some 5,000 girls demonstrated on the campus alleging rape of two students – one pursuing BTech and the other studying in class XI.

The girls alleged that the university administration was trying to hush up the matter. The agitating girls tried to march out of the university premises, but the administration reportedly locked up the main gate of the university. The infuriated girls did not allow the district collector Muktanand Agrawal, SP S Parimala and other administration and police officers to enter the premises. They reportedly smashed the windows of a building on the campus and damaged other property. Later, the girls allowed the SP to enter the premises. Discussion with the girls were on till reports last came in.

According to eyewitnesses , the girls started gathering in the campus situated in Banasthali area in Niwai in the evening. “They started shouting slogans claiming two girls had been sexually exploited in the campus premises. They were demanding a judicial probe into the matter. When they tried to come out of the university premises, the administration locked the gate,” said a police officer pleading anonymity.

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