The Varanasi Police on Saturday slapped notices against 13 students and security guards of the Benaras Hindu University in connection with the violence that errupted on September 23 within the campus precincts. Media agencies said that the students and the security guards were asked to submit their statements within three days and explain if they were active conspirators, had spread rumours or had involved outsiders in the violence.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Varanasi) RK Bhardwaj, speaking to the media said, "We have issued notices to those against whom we have evidence of involvement in the above charges, and to those who we have identified but do not have evidence against. All of them must explain their presence or absence, their role and others’, and all evidence in any form they have from the days of the incidents."
The crime branch started investigating the case on September 29 and issued a notice to 20 members of the proctorial board, including the former proctor ON Singh, demanding statements from them. Assuring that the cyber team was also engaged, SP Gyanendra Prasad said that they were collecting evidence from various sources, including CCTV footages.
Mobile phones that were active at the time of violence have also been scrutinised and have been put under surveillance. Meanwhile, on 25 September, the UP Police filed an FIR against 1200 students of the university for arson and other charges in connection with the violence.
The government also removed 3 additional city magistrates and 2 policemen in connection with the baton charge on students. Violence broke out on the BHU campus on 23 September after women students protested an incident of eve teasing. They took their protests to the vice-chancellor's office and began chanting slogans. They were also backed by men from other hostels.
What followed was a baton charge by 1500 policemen that injured several students and staff. The police also refused reporters to enter the BHU trauma centre for emergency aid.