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Varanasi: BHU VC speaks on university violence

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Varanasi: BHU VC speaks on university violence
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A day after clashes broke out at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Vice-Chancellor, Girish Chandra Tripathi, on Sunday said that the administration had information that some “anti-social” elements may try to spoil the atmosphere of the university. “We had information that some anti-social elements will try to disturb the environment of the University,” VC Girish Chandra Tripathi was quoted as saying by ANI.

The clashes and lathicharge took place on Saturday night on the students who were protesting against the alleged victim shaming by BHU administration. “Some students complained about the installation of CCTVs; it is under process. Some girls said the university should be more sensitive towards safety. I agreed with their viewpoint. Safety and security is important, we will have to consider various aspects with regard to safety in the university,” VC said.

“An unfortunate incident took place with one of our students; we’re committed to stringent action and did so too,” he added. In a media release, the BHU administration had earlier stated that the protest was political in nature as it coincided with PM Modi’s visit.“This protest was completely political in nature because it was timed with the PM’s visit, with the intention of soiling the image of the university,” the BHU administration said.