The Haryana Police on Monday cane-charged students protesting against alleged corruption at the Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in Rohtak. The students were holding a procession and have been demanding a high-level probe against MDU Vice-Chancellor,R P Hooda.
According to the police,the protesting students were not only disrupting law and order in the area,but tried to barge into the university campus,which,the police claim,could have created more trouble and disrupted peace. To prevent any further disruption of law and order,we just used mild force to disperse the agitated mob. Nobody got injured in the police action,said a Haryana police officer.
On the other hand,Pradeep Deswal,president,Indian National Student Organisation (INSO),said: It is nothing but the high-handedness of the state government to suppress the democratic voice of the students,who are protesting against prevailing corruption in Maharshi Dayanand University. We were merely holding a peaceful procession,when the police personnel started using force and thrashed a number of students. Many students suffered injuries and had to be given medical aid. We will not tolerate this corruption any more.
As such,on the instructions of the MDU vice-chancellor,the Rohtak police has registered false criminal cases against students. It is just pressure-tactics,but we are not going to budge from our stance,Deswal added.
While talking to The Indian Express,R P Hooda,V-C,Maharshi Dayanand University,Rohtak,said: I have not personally seen the protests but what I have heard is that there were a bunch of students,who were creating disruption and the police just dispersed them. I dont know anything beyond that.
The students have held a series of protests over the past week. They have also submitted a memorandum,seeking action against the V-C ,to Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia.