Once the students of Lucknow University indulged in an act of violence to support their demands and dodged the police to escape their arrest. They found refuge in the home of a veteran freedom fighter and Congress stalwart Rafi Ahmed Kidwai. He made arrangement for their food and stay. Police officers approached him to have them arrested. Rafi Saheb told them they are in arrest here rather than in the jail. They are our kids, not criminals. ‚ÄúIf we send them to jail, their career would be ruined,‚ÄĚ he had said. This memoir was shared on social media by senior Urdu journalist Obaid Nasir, who reacted sharply the way the students of Lucknow University were arrested by overactive administration for showing black flags slogan shouting before the Governor and chief minister and slapped serious criminal offences against them.
The state‚Äôs policing have been in very bad shape due to alarmingly high rise of crime graph even after change of BJP government led by Yogi Aditya Nath. Yogi comes from the back ground of student and youth movement therefore questions are naturally raised as to what provoked him to hit hard such a soft target of students including girls who were just showing their resentment over communalisation of our national icons of the country just a part of politics of polarisation. People were expecting liberal response from CM Yogi but he could not forgive even the girl students. ‚ÄúProtests are form democratic right to show displeasure over government policies and actions. Intolerance of dissent is a bad sign for the survival of democracy,‚ÄĚ commented Mr Nasir.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Sandhya Srivastava sent 14 Lucknow University students, who were arrested for showing black flags to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath Yogi, to 14-day judicial custody. The students had breached security of the CM and blocked the route for 45 minutes on Wednesday, when the latter was on his way to attend a programme in LU. Lucknow University spokesperson Prof. NK Pandey said, ‚Äúthe students are put behind bar because they breached security while the chief minister was on his way to the university.‚ÄĚ
It was revealed that eight out of 14 student leaders were from University. Among those identified as LU students were Ankit Singh Babu, enrolled in first-year MA Linguistics; Anil Yadav alias Master, a resident of Mau who in 2016 got enrolled himself in PhD in Women Studies; Madhurya Singh Madhur who hails from Lakhimpur Kheri and is pursuing BA (second year); Rakesh Samajwadi, a resident of Devariya and a first-year student of MA in Ancient Indian History; Nitin Raj who belongs to Lucknow and is enrolled in first-year MA Economics; Apoorva Verma, also from Lucknow and a first-year student of MA in Social Work; Himanshu Yadav, a resident of Hamirpur and a second year BA student; and Vaibhav Mishra, a Lucknow resident and a second-year BA student.
The remaining students ‚ÄĒ Pooja Shukla, Mahendra Yadav, Vinit Kumar Kushwaha, Satyawat Singh, Ashok Kumar Prabhat and Harsh Yadav ‚ÄĒ are yet to be identified.
Meanwhile, the protest saw student leaders from SP student wing and left student bodies coming together to oppose to the alleged ‚Äúdeteriorating law and order‚ÄĚ in the state and increasing unemployment in a BJP ruled Uttar Pradesh. Coming together under the aegis of Joint Action Committee, the two student bodies on Thursday threatened to launch a state-wide agitation in case their 14 fellow mates are not released. The protesting students who owed their allegiance to the All India Students‚Äô Association, a student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), and Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha, an offshoot of the Samajwadi Party, had last week too staged protest together in front of Vidhan Sabha against increasing incidents of violence against women, dailts and minorities.
Vice-president of the Samajwadi Chatra Sabha Ritesh Singh said that the communal approach of the BJP government has come out in open within three months of their coming into power. Ashu Advait from AISA said the anti-BJP protest by the student leaders on 7th June, 2017 was against the increasing unemployment and rise in atrocities on women and people to belonging to lower class. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a conspiracy against the students to relate it to the Shivaji function and give it a communal colour. There are only hints that the fund used for the celebrations for Hindvi Swarajya Divas were from the university‚Äôs fund,‚ÄĚ‚Äô he said.
Ravindra Pratap Singh, a student leader of the Joint Action Committee, said linking the protest with the name of Shivaji is nothing but deviating from the real issue. ‚ÄúUnder the garb of Shivaji, the government is saffronising the university. Shivaji was not a leader of a particular caste and class. Not only Shivaji‚Äôs commander but also his close aides were Muslims,‚Äô‚Äô Singh said.
Following the arrest and lathi charge on the agitating student‚Äôs leaders created totally havoc in and outside Lucknow University campus. Lucknow University students had protested before convoy of Uttar Pradesh governor and chief minister, over increasing unemployment and incidents against women, minority and people from lower caste.
To disperse the mob and stop them from blocking the route by lying on the road, security personnel had to use force. The students were cane charged and shoved in police jeeps by men in uniform, after the route was cleared for the dignitaries to pass through.
Lucknow police detained about dozen protestors who showed black flags to Governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath and were contemplating whether to initiate legal proceedings against them. Governor and chief minister had reached Lucknow University campus around 5.45pm on 7th June,2017 to attend an event titled Hindhvi Swaraj Diwas.
Before the two arrived at the playground, thousands of students had gathered. Among them were scores of students associated with Samajwadi Chatra Sabha (off shoot of Samajwadi Party), All India Students Association, Students‚Äô Federation of India and other outfits.
The students wanted to hand over the charter of demands to chief minister but turned unruly on being stopped. As inputs of protest by the three outfits had been sounded out in advance, security personnel were deployed in large number.
A court in Lucknow has denied bail to 11 college students including two girls who allegedly blocked the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and showed him black flags on 7th June. Eight of these students have also been suspended by the Lucknow University on charge of breaching security of the chief minister‚Äôs convoy. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sunil Kumar rejected the bail pleas of the students on 9th June,2017 after perusal of case diary produced by Hasanganj police.The court observed that the offence was of serious nature and, hence, the applicants did not deserve bail.
Meanwhile, the Lucknow University said that eight students have been suspended and debarred from all student facilities in the university in the wake of the ‚Äúsecurity breach‚ÄĚ of the chief minister‚Äôs convoy. ‚ÄúThe names of suspended students are Satwant Singh, Nitin Raj, Pooja Shukla, Anil Kumar Yadav, Ankit Kumar Singh, Rakesh Kumar, Madhurya Singh and Apoorva Verma,‚ÄĚ NK Pandey Director, Information, Publication and Public Relation, University of Lucknow said.
The local police had a tough time controlling the workers who also raised slogans against the chief minister, Governor Ram Naik, who is also the Chancellor of the University, and Lucknow district administration. The activists alleged that a BJP programme was being held at the expense of the university and students. The students of other Universities are uniting together to fight out battle for their arrested friends.