After the matter escalated in the protests being carried out by BHU students, the police were forced to take preventive action. A lathicharge was ordered, which resulted in injuries to various students. Some journalists were also injured in the incident. With the possibility that the matter may take political shape in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, the state government is making efforts to rectify the situation. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had demanded a detailed report on the matter and would be looking in to it to take proper action. The students are protesting since the hostel guards and officials of BHU University allegedly did not provide the necessary help to the student who was molested by some bike-borne men. The victim, it is alleged, was even reprimanded for being out of the hostel after 6 PM.
Already, political parties such as the Samajwadi Party and others have criticized the lathicharge by the police. However, authorities said that outsiders have joined the students and they are trying to foment trouble. Authorities said that the outsiders even used arson against the police, which resulted in injuries to some policemen. Authorities assured that they are working on the case and will soon nab the molesters. More than 1,500 security personnel have been deployed at the BHU campus to ensure law and order. University officials said that the protests were politically motivated and outsiders were involved in the protests.
To calm the situation, the university had declared Dussehra holidays to begin early, rather than from September 28, as was planned earlier. It is being hoped that starting the holidays early will help reduce the number of protesting students.