Some rooms of a hostel at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) were sealed and several students were detained after a clash on Wednesday over mess food being forcibly eaten by unauthorised inmates. According to reports, students of Aiyyar and Birla hostel groups not only engaged in verbal spats but also vandalised varsity property and damaged many vehicles. Varsity officials are looking at the CCTV footage to identify the guilty, an official said. Some rooms of the Birla hostel were sealed as a precautionary measure.
Like every other day groups went to each other's hostel mess and forcibly ate the breakfast at the other's mess. This led to an altercation between the students of two hostels and soon it led to a clash. Some reports suggest that as many as 50 vehicles were vandalised inside the University campus and several students were injured in the clash. Police forces of several police stations were rushed to the spot to disperse the crowd. Several injured students were taken to the Trauma Centre for treatment.
BHU Chief Proctor Raina Singh and Superintendent of Police (City) Dinesh Singh intervened and pacified the groups, following which the demonstrations were called off. The Chief Proctor said she would look into the complaints and ensure that no such incident takes place in future. There is already a heavy police deployment in the city as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is scheduled to visit here. He will also spend the night at the temple town.