Crime Branch begins probe in BHU violence, officials to be quizzed

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Varanasi: Heavy police personnel deployed at Banaras Hindu University where students were holding a protest in Varanasi, late Saturday night. Female students at the prestigious University were protesting against the administration's alleged victim-shaming after one of them reported an incident of molestation on Thursday. PTI Photo

FILE: Varanasi: Heavy police personnel deployed at Banaras Hindu University where students were holding a protest in Varanasi, late on Sept 23, 2017 night. Female students at the prestigious University were protesting against the administration’s alleged victim-shaming after one of them reported an incident of molestation on Sept 21, 2017. PTI Photo

20 members of the proctorial board of Banaras Hindu University (BHU), including the former chief proctor, have been issued by UP police crime branch asking them to record their statements. The Crime Branch team on Friday began probe in last weekend’s violence in the BHU campus.

A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus where a protest last week against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent.

SP (Crime) Gyanendra Prasad said the investigation into the violence had begun and they are perusing the CCTV footage.

He said a cyber team had also been engaged in the case and a dozen mobile numbers that were active near the incident spot, when the alleged eve-teasing took place, had been put on surveillance.

FILE: Varanasi: An injured student writhing in pain after police allegedly beat them up during a clash at Banaras Hindu University on Sept 23, 2017. Female students at the prestigious University were protesting against the administration's alleged victim-shaming after one of them reported an incident of molestation on Sept 21, 2017. PTI Photo

FILE: Varanasi: An injured student writhing in pain after police allegedly beat them up during a clash at Banaras Hindu University on Sept 23, 2017. Female students at the prestigious University were protesting against the administration’s alleged victim-shaming after one of them reported an incident of molestation on Sept 21, 2017. PTI Photo

He said notice has been served to nearly 20 proctorial board members, including former chief proctor ON Singh, who were on duty on the day of incident. They have been asked to record their oral or written statement before the Crime Branch within three days.

Any person having information regarding the incident can also give details to the Crime Branch in its office or on phone, he said adding, their identity would be kept secret.

He said information is also being collected about anti- social elements residing in and around the campus and those who frequently visit there.

Senior Superintendent of Police RK Bhardwaj had transferred the investigation of all cases related to the violence in the BHU campus, one of the 43 central universities in the country, to the Crime Branch and the Lanka Police was also assisting in the probe.

(With inputs from PTI)