Amidst nationwide outrage over the violence in Benaras Hindu University and especially the baton charge on girl students, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP party president Amit Shah have spoken to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. According to media reports, the two leaders are said to have conveyed to the CM that the issue could have been handled better. PM Modi has infact demanded action regarding the issue. Meanwhile, the NSUI and ABVP agitated in Delhi over the harassment of female students at BHU and the subsequent lathicharge of the students who protested. Meanwhile, ABVP national media convener Saket Bahuguna said, “The purpose of the ABVP protest in Delhi on Monday is not against anybody but to ensure that the issues raised by BHU students are resolved. We will protest outside Shastri Bhawan, the MHRD offices, to demand justice for BHU students.”
All of this, as the police have filed FIRs against 1000 students at Varanasi’s Lanka Police Station for arson. Earlier in the day, the Station Officer (SO) of Lanka police station, Rajiv Singh; Circle Officer (CO) Belapur, Nivesh Katiyar and three Additional City Magistrate – Manoj Kumar Singh, Sushil Kumar Gaund and Jagdamma Prasad Singh were removed for executing the lathicharge on protestors at BHU. On Sunday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had sought a report on the matter from Varanasi Divisional Commissioner, Nitin Gokarn. Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar, too, directed Gokarn and ADG (Varanasi Zone) Vishwajit Mahapatra to submit a joint report.