Bengaluru: Police resort to lathi-charge to disperse students protesting against National Education Policy | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Police resorted to mild lathi-charge after students protesting against National Education Policy (NEP) tried to break the barricade at Mysore bank circle and march towards Vidhana Soudha on Tuesday.
Around 300 students from Campus Front of India gathered at Mysore bank circle on Tuesday afternoon and condemned the central government for the policy. “NEP breaks down the unity in diversity” and “We will never let education to be sold, we will never allow NEP” their placards read.

However, the protesters, who were standing on the left side of the road in groups of twos and threes, suddenly marched into the middle of the road and blocked the traffic heading towards Majestic. Later, they announced marching towards Vidhana Soudha. Many of them sat in the middle of the road, causing a traffic jam.
Police forcefully dispersed them and shifted to police vans and buses before driving away.
Attaulla Khan, state leader from Campus Front of India, said police unnecessarily used force. “We wanted to march towards Vidhana Soudha and cops rejected our pleas. Some protesters sat on the road, demanding that we should be allowed to walk to Vidhana Soudha,” he said.
On the other hand, senior cops justified their actions. “They had not taken any permission. The trouble began when some of them sat in the middle of the road, causing a traffic jam. Further, they pushed the barricades in a bid to walk towards Vidhana Soudha and attacked cops who tried to stop them. Barring some 10-20 protesters, none of them had college ID cards with them,” he said.

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