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ABVP activists injured in lathi-charge at Muddenahalli

Special Correspondent

They tried to stop the Governor's motorcade



An injured ABVP activist being tended to at Muddenahalli near Chickballapur on Wednesday.

CHICKBALLAPUR: Governor H.R. Bhardwaj was taken by surprise and so were the police when a group of activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) forcibly attempted to stop the VIP convoy at Muddenahalli in Chickballapur district on Wednesday.

At least five students were injured after police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the protesting activists who tried to stop the Governor's motorcade to submit a memorandum. The Governor was at Muddenahalli in connection with the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Sir M. Visvesvaraya.

In a quick response, the police cleared the path for the Governor's convoy to move without much of a hassle.

Vijay Kumar, Chickballapur taluk convener of ABVP, who suffered head injuries in the lathi-charge, has been admitted in hospital.

The ABVP activists, who were reportedly denied permission by the local authorities to submit a memorandum to the Governor, suddenly came in front of Mr. Bhardwaj's car when he was about to leave the venue.

Shocked by the sudden protest by the students, the police chased them away and resorted to a lathi-charge. Vijay Kumar, who fell into a ditch, was beaten up by a group of lathi-wielding policemen.

Despite the injuries he suffered on the head, Vijay Kumar, who is physically challenged, and other activists staged a demonstration at the spot and raised slogans against the “police high-handedness.”

The police bundled the protesters, who were about 10, into a jeep and took them away.

The ABVP activists had planned to submit a memorandum to the Governor seeking action against former Vice-Chancellors Shashidhar Prasad and Syeda Akthar in regard to the alleged irregularities during their tenure in the University of Mysore and the Karnataka State Women's University, respectively.

Later, ABVP activists told presspersons that Chickballapur district in-charge Minister Mumtaz Ali Khan was responsible for the lathi-charge.

They alleged that earlier in the day the Minister and a senior police official had warned them that they would be “lathi-charged and evicted” if they tried to submit the memorandum to the Governor.

The activists also criticised Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali, who too comes from the ABVP ranks, for not stopping the “attack” on them.

Mr. Limbavali, Prof. Khan, Labour Minister B.N. Bache Gowda and Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily were on the dais when the incident occurred.

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