10 injured in student-police clash in Bhopal


Bhopal : At least ten people were injured when National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists, demanding a CBI probe into the death of a Khandwa college professor, clashed with police here Thursday.

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The Congress-backed students union was also demanding a ban on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a students union affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, whose activists allegedly caused the death of the professor early this month.

The NSUI along with Congress women cell leaders had proposed to surround the Madhya Pradesh assembly here.

“Hundreds of NSUI cadres gathered at Lily Talkies to march towards the assembly. We tried to stop them, in retaliation they pelted stones at our officials in which additional SP Rajesh Chandel and DSP S.N. Zaidi and one more policeman got injured,” the Superintendent of Police Yogesh Choudhary told IANS.

Priti Mudgal, president of the state Congress’ women cell, claimed that police first lathi charged them, injuring her and seven NSUI cadres.

On March 3, at the Bhagwant Rao Agriculture College in Khandwa, ABVP cadres, including a girl student, thrashed a professor, Ashok Kumar Choudhary, and painted his face black over the professor’s alleged affair with a hostel girl.

The attack shocked another professor S.S. Thakur, who was present there. He went on leave and later died following a heart attack at his home on March 9.

“The state government is patronizing such organizations that are spreading chaos in universities. The standard of education has deteriorated and unemployment has increased in the state but no step is being taken by the government. But when this is being opposed, police beat up agitators,” said the state Congress president Suresh Pachouri.

The police later arrested about hundred NSUI cadres and sent them to jail.