Varanasi: The Uttar Pradesh Police’s Crime Branch has begun a probe in the violence in the campus of the Benaras Hindu University (BHU) after issuing a notice to 20 members of the proctorial board, including the former chief proctor, asking them to record their statements, officials said today.
A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police in the 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.
He said notice had been served to nearly 20 proctorial board members, including former chief proctor ON Singh, who were on duty on the day of the 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 antisocial elements residing in and around the campus and those who frequently visit there or pass through the campus.
Senior Superintendent of Police R K Bhardwaj had transferred the investigation of all cases A first-year hostel resident was molested and grabbed by three bike-borne men just outside the BHU campus on Thursday evening.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.
Three motorcycle-riding men had allegedly groped a first-year hostel resident just outside the BHU campus last Thursday. Protesting this and similar incidents of crime against women, hundreds of women students of the university were demonstrating on the campus on the day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in Varanasi. The police lathi-charged (caned) them moments after the prime minister left the venue. Politics over the incident has caught people’s attention nationwide ever since.
The BHU campus is located at such a vantage point in the city that all its streets and lanes have ended up being thoroughfares for the entire Varanasi. Checking crime within a campus of this geographical nature is a humongous task.