January 21, 2016 8:18:49 pm
A clash broke out between the members of two student organisations at Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s state head office in Seshadripuram in Central Bengaluru on Thursday during a protest against the suicide of the Dalit research student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad.
Around 30-40 students belonging to Nationals Students Union of India (NSUI) arrived at the ABVP office in Seshadripuram and raised slogans.
The protestors had gathered in large numbers in front of the ABVP office and held up placards saying “down down ABVP”, “Shame Shame ABVP”, “Dalit’s are not terrorists”, and others and shouted slogans against the ABVP around 11.30 am on Thursday. The ABVP activists who were in the office came out and had an altercation with the protesters. It turned ugly with both groups pushing each other and some of them pelting stones at windowpanes of the building.
The local police station was soon alerted by the ABVP following which two constables and an ASI rushed to the spot. Basavesh Khore, state secretary of ABVP, who was at the office, asked NSUI activists to leave the place. But few of the members of NSUI assaulted Basavesh and also pelted stones at the building. The window panes were broken by the protesters. Alerted by the incident, the police rushed to the spot and five members were taken into custody.
The Seshadripuram police said that a case of trespassing has been registered against the NSUI activists and also a counter case registered against the ABVP activists. Clothes of a few activists belonging to both organisations were torn in the incident. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central Division) Sandeep Patil said that eight persons have been arrested in connection with the clash and further probe is on.
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