Priyanka accuses UP police of vandalizing student hostel in Prayagraj
Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday accused Uttar Pradesh police of assaulting students and vandalizing their hostel in Prayagraj for allegedly protesting unemployment in the city.
Sharing an alleged video of the incident on Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi said, “It is highly condemnable that Prayagraj police are beating up students and vandalizing their lodges and hostels.
The administration should immediately cease this repressive action. Young people have every right to talk about employment and I am fully with them in this fight,” she said.
However, Prayagraj Police Chief Superintendent Ajay Kumar said police received reports that thousands of students were creating a row near Prayag station and blocking the train tracks.
There was also apprehension of some miscreants setting trains on fire. So, police equipped with riot gear reached the Prayag post and dispersed the protesters, he said.
Some of them threw stones at the police and hid in their nearby hostel. Police were trying to catch the culprits and some staff used unnecessary force, which is visible in the video, he said.
The incident is being investigated and a case is being filed against the rioting students under serious sections. Police officers who have used unnecessary force will be suspended, he added.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Railways has said railway job applicants involved in blocking railway tracks, causing disruption to railway operations and damaging railway properties will not be eligible for recruitment.
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