Chaos prevailed at Agra’s Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar University’s Khandari campus Friday following a clash between BJP workers and National Students Union of India (NSUI) members after the latter staged a demonstration demanding that Union Minister and local MP Ram Shankar Katheria vacate a university accommodation, which, they alleged, he has “illegally occupied”.
New Agra police station later registered an FIR on a complaint by Katheria’s driver who alleged illegal confinement and assault by NSUI office bearers and workers.
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As per the NSUI claim, the BJP workers and a few ABVP members attacked them minutes after they sent a complaint addressed to BJP president Amit Shah on the recently launched e-mail id, firstname.lastname@example.org, alleging that Katheria has illegally occupied university accommodation. BJP had launched the email id Wednesday asking people to report any encroachment or land grabbing in UP.
After sending the mail, members of NSUI, led by its national secretary Amit Singh staged a demonstration at the gate of Khandari campus Friday. “I, along with other NSUI members, sent an email to Amit Shah complaining against Katheria’s illegal encroachment of the house in the university campus. BJP workers and Katheria’s aides attacked us less than five minutes after we sent the mail. The Union minister, who also arrived at the spot, did not stop them,” alleged Singh.
While Katheria, the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, did not respond to the calls made to him for comment, BJP spokesperson Sharad Chauhan alleged that the protesters had stopped the car of minister’s daughter and had also thrashed the driver following which “party workers had heated arguments” with NSUI leaders. “BJP men or ABVP workers did not assault anyone.”
Singh, meanwhile, claimed that they were “not aware” that Katheria’s daughter was inside the car, which was near the location they were demonstrating. SHO at New Agra police station, Ashok Kumar, confirmed that an FIR has been lodged against Singh and others NSUI members for misbehaving with Katheria’s driver.
Katheria, a professor of Hindi at Agra University, is on a five-year leave. The university had allotted him an accommodation, where, the NSUI claimed, he is staying illegally despite being allotted a house by Centre in New Delhi for being a Union minister.