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Preliminary report blames BHU admin; VC summoned to Delhi

A preliminary report submitted by Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Nitin Gokarn is said to have blamed the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) administration for failing to handle the complaints in time bound and sensitive manner. The report has been submitted to the Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar.

The report comes a day after FIR was lodged against 1000 unidentified students of the university for allegedly attacking a police team and indulging in violence. Varanasi district administration also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incidents of the past four days, including the lathicharge on students. Tension has escalated in BHU since the lathicharge on students at the hands of the police on Saturday. The students were protesting against the university administration for victim shaming a student who was allegedly sexually harassed by three men inside the campus.

Meanwhile, the BHU Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi has been summoned by the Ministry of Human Resources Development to Delhi but confusion persists over whether he has been summoned by HRD Ministry for some inquiry or he is scheduled to attend a quarterly meeting of the executive council of BHU.

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