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Cops assault girl protesters

The ongoing protest by students of Magadh Mahila College against the upcoming convention centre adjacent to their institution turned violent on Monday with police caning the protesters at R-Block.

Many students, including Patna University Students’ Union (Pusu) president Ashish Kumar Sinha and treasurer Abhishek Gupta, suffered injuries in the clash.

Magadh Mahila College students on Monday took out a protest march from the institution to the Assembly.

Police stopped the march at R-Block. Raj Sinha, a student of Patna University, said: “When the protesters, mainly girls, reached R-Block, the police lathicharged them.”

The protesters were demanding to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar. A delegation of students was later allowed to meet education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha. But they were not happy with the meeting as they didn’t get any assurance from Sinha.

The students were protesting against the upcoming convention centre, Gyan Bhavan. They claimed that the road leading to the college campus from Ashok Rajpath would be blocked because of the construction. Therefore, the students have to take alternative routes passing though district police headquarters, considered to be unsafe as it is a long stretch with little lights.

However, education minister P.K. Shahi said the alternative stretch would be made wider with more streetlights.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav said: “The police lathicharge on the girl students reflect the anti-women attitude of the government.”

Deepa Choudhary, district convener, All India Students’ Federation on Monday said the association members would observe hunger strike on December 16 and 17 in front of Raj Bhavan if the government does not address the issue.