Updated: August 30, 2021 6:22:48 am
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Sunday accused police of harassing its activists in Ramban district allegedly for spearheading an agitation against “unplanned” demolition of some structures of the government higher secondary school there. According to the outfit, their protest is against the demolition but not against the construction of an oxygen plant on the site – as has been stipulated by authorities.
Alleging that police were visiting the homes of ABVP activists and threatening their parents, the outfits J&K secretary, Mukesh Manhas, demanded that the administration initiate action against Ramban police station’s SHO saying he had resorted to a lathicharge on Thursday on a group of activists protesting in the town.
The district administration has imposed Section 144 of CrPC banning the assembly of four or more people in Ramban town and its outskirts.
The trouble erupted after authorities demolished labs and washrooms of a higher secondary school in Ramban, allegedly without making any alternate arrangements, Manhas said, adding that the non-availability of washrooms would pose problems, especially for girls.
Pointing out that they were informed about the installation of oxygen plant at the site only after Thursday’s lathicharge, Manhas said the outfit is not opposed to the construction of the plant and further welcomes installation of more such plants in available spaces. However, the same should not be done by demolishing school buildings, he added.
The ABVP leader warned the administration of intensifying their agitation if no action was taken against the Ramban SHO. He also alleged that some anti-social elements in the district were trying give the entire issue a communal turn.
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