Student Group Goes On Rampage In Banaras Hindu University After Arrest

A school bus was set afire, several shops inside the campus vandalised and CCTV cameras broken allegedly by students and supporters of the youth leader, Ashutosh Singh.

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Student Group Goes On Rampage In Banaras Hindu University After Arrest

Supporters of a Samajwadi Party's student wing leader arrested by police allegedly vandalised property.

VARANASI:  Violence broke out in Banaras Hindu University today to protest the arrest of a student leader affiliated to the Samajwadi Party. The student leader, Ashutosh Singh, had been accused of creating ruckus at several events in recent days.

A school bus was set afire, several shops inside the campus vandalised and CCTV cameras broken, allegedly by students and supporters of the youth leader, Ashutosh Singh.

University officials said the group, which included outsiders, shut the main gates of the university's sprawling campus before going on a rampage.

Police said they had received multiple complaints against Ashutosh Singh over the last few days including one where he was alleged to have barged into Varanasi's IIT-BHU event and created a nuisance.

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University officials said they had not allowed the police into the campus and had dealt with the protests with their own manpower, largely private security guards to prevent the situation from escalating.

The last time the university administration had let the police in to handle student protests, it had sparked national outrage after two policemen were caught on camera beating up a woman student with batons.
 

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