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NHRC issues notice to UP government and vice-chancellor over violence in BHU

In a clear indication that the BHU student agitation has spiraled out of control, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) today issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh state government and the vice-chancellor of BHU. The notice issued by NHRC covers the alleged inaction that occurred after a molestation complaint was filed by one of the students. It also seeks explanation for the events that prompted the police to take the extreme step of lathicharging female students. The act of lathicharging female students has been strongly criticized by most political leaders and parties.

In an official statement, the NHRC said, “Suo motu cognizance taken in subsequent use of unwarranted manhandling and thrashing of agitating students, mostly women, by UP police. Notices issued to Chief Secretary, DGP UP and BHU VC calling for a detailed report in the matter. The response is expected within four weeks.” A judicial inquiry has already been ordered in the incident by the state government in Uttar Pradesh. It is learnt that Prime Minster Narendra Modi has also discussed the matter with UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath and asked him to resolve the problem at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Varanasi Commissioner Nitin Gokarn has submitted a report, wherein he has blamed the BHU administration for the violent protests and the subsequent lathicharge by police personnel. The report says that the university was insensitive to the complaints of students and did not act in time.

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