Patna Students Clash with Police over JNU and CAA Issue

Students-police clash in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Police in Patna used force to keep the situation under control as a number of students from various colleges in the state capital representing over half a dozen student unions blocked roads in Kankarbagh and squatted on the railroad tracks to protest against the assault on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students last Sunday by over three dozen youths wielding lathis, hockey sticks and other improvised weapons.

The protest was organized by the All India Students Federation (AISF), All India Students Association (AISA), Jan Adhikar Chhatra Parishad (JACP) and many other outfits who were demanding immediate arrest of those who stormed the JNU campus and brutalized a number of students including the JNU student union president Aishe Ghosh and also against the implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Registration of Citizens (NRC), and National Population Register (NPR) by the Narendra Modi administration.

As reported, the protestors had began arriving at the Rajendra Nagar Terminal as early as 8:00 am. However, before they could even take their position on the Bypass Road near College of Commerce or block the railway tracks, the railway police (RPF), in a clear attempt to not allow the repetition of the JNU incident, jumped into action and began swinging their batons to disperse the mob.

Dozens of students were injured in the lathi-charge as police arrested four union leaders namely Sushil Kumar of AISF, Mokhtar Ahmed of AISA, Sanjay Kumar of JACP, and Ankit Siddharth of AISF for disturbing the peace and creating public nuisance.

Eyewitnesses said many students were dragged by the RPF jawans and put in the police vehicles before being hauled to the police station.

Arrested students were later released on bail, police said.

Police also denied resorting to lathi charge saying only light force was used to remove students from the railway tracks.

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