At least 62 students have been arrested in connection with the violence that erupted in Salori area under Colonelganj police station in the city on Wednesday night. Amid heavy force deployment, the police claimed that the situation was under control.
The students of Ishwar Sharan Degree College, affiliated to Allahabad University, had blocked the road while protesting against the recent increase in rent of their accommodations in the area by landlords. When the police reached the spot to clear the blockade, the protesters pelted them with stones and set several roadside vends and an abandoned jeep ablaze. They pushed several motorcycles into roadside water drains.
“When the police pushed them inside, they ran into the lanes and guerilla-like skirmishes, and the clash continued for nearly two-and-a-half hours. The situation came under control at night, when PAC and local force was deployed at virtually every corner,” said a police officer.
During the clash, Circle Officer (Colonelganj), Virendra Kumar, and a few other policemen sustained injuries.
“At least 10 students have been named in the FIR. They lived in that area and were helped by many, who did not stay in this place. They have been booked for rioting, voluntarily causing hurt, and obstructing public servant in discharge of duty under the Indian Penal Code, as well as under Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act. Some of them were arrested during the rioting last night, while a few others were arrested this morning. Heavy police force has been deployed,” said Superintendent of Police (City) Rajesh Yadav.
Yadav added that the landlords held a meeting with the administration officials to identify the outstanding issues.
“They were asked to get some kind of background information about the students and keep an eye on their activity. Also, they were asked to work-out modalities to settle the rent issue, so that there is no arbitrary increase,” the SP said.