7 cops injured after scuffle breaks out with UGC protestors
A day after Delhi Police lathi-charged students protesting outside the office of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday evening, a senior police official said that seven police officials including two women cops also suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with the UGC protestors. They were taken to the LNJP Hospital. They are planning to take action against the protestors but have not registered an FIR yet.
According to the police, students barged through the barricades which were placed outside the UGC office. To control the situation, police resorted to mild force to disperse the students. Around 30 students were detained and taken to the Kamla Market police station where around 250-300 students gathered and started raising slogans. The students who were detained were later released. The students rejected the HRD ministry’s proposal and continued to protest on Tuesday night by sitting around the ITO Metro station.
One of the protestor, J K Vidya, alleged that a woman constable thrashed her badly and forced her to enter the police van. During the scuffle with the Delhi Police, she suffered injuries on her leg. She said that she also saw one of the male students being beaten up by the police.
Vidya added that six students were injured out of which two were taken to the LNJP Hospital and the rest went back. For the second time this week, the All India Students’ Association spread word to the students all over the country to join the movement. All the teachers as well as student groups condemned the brutality inflicted by the police on the protestors. Students protesting outside the UGC office said they rejected the proposal to revive the non-NET fellowship even for state universities instead of offering it to students on basis of merit and income.