PM protest arrests

Patna: Nine persons were detained hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival in Patna on Saturday as they were taking out a protest march from Darbhanga House at Patna University.

Police said the protesters owed allegiance to the All India Students' Association and were demonstrating in support of granting central university status to Patna University.

Pirbahore police station house officer Mohammed Qaiser said: "Nine members of the All India Students' Association were detained for creating disturbance at the Prime Minister's function. The students were released late on Saturday."

One of the AISA members, Nishant Kumar said: "We were taking out a peaceful march from Darbhanga House to Patna Science College, demanding the Prime Minister to grant central university status to Patna University. But the police stopped us and later detained us, curbing our democratic right to protest."

Several AISA members reached the police station as they heard about their fellows demanding their release.

Nishant said the Prime Minister has hurt the sentiments of students and teachers by not acceding to chief minister Nitish Kumar's plea to grant Patna University the central tag.#

Nitish requested Modi to declare Patna University a central university "on historic occasion" of its centenary on Saturday but the Prime Minister instead invited the university to bid for the Centre's new scheme of making world-class universities.

Patna police, to thwart any incident of disturbance at the centenary function, had conducted a checking drive on the varsity premises, hostels and private lodges on Ashok Rajpath.


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