At least ten college students are among 93 AAP members who have been lodged for the past four days at the Sabarmati Central Prison for protesting outside the BJP headquarters in Ahmedabad against the alleged leak of a question paper for an exam to hire clerical staff by the Gujarat government, according to AAP leaders and court documents.
All of them face charges under 22 sections of the IPC, including criminal conspiracy, and sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The 65 male accused in the group face sexual harassment charges, too.
The 28 women accused obtained conditional bail Friday and will be released soon, the party’s legal counsel said.
According to court documents, six of those arrested are between 18 and 19 years of age. AAP leaders said four of the ten students arrested are members of Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the party’s student wing, while six belong to its youth wing.
The CYSS members arrested include Yatin Jiyani (19), an engineering student at Institute of Infrastructure Technology Research and Management, Anmol Vaghasiya (18), a student of computer applications at Lokmanya Group of Colleges, and Anuj Shah (19), a BBA student at New LJ Group of College all are based in Ahmedabad.
The youth wing members include Mahendrasinh Zala (19), Haresh Solanki (19) and Mahir Shaikh (19). Yatin’s father Arvind Jiyani said that we heard the news of my son’s arrest on TV. He had gone along with other party workers to the protest site. We were aware of his political affiliation. Anmol’s parents live in Junagadh and could not be reached while Anuj’s parents declined comment.
Among those arrested is CYSS state president Dharmik Mathukiya (21). Abhishek Solanki (22), vice president of the CYSS state unit, said that why did the police take such stringent action against 18-year-olds, booking them under 22 sections? We have been trying to make a better future for ourselves. We don’t wish to become MLAs or MPs, all we I want is that such leaks shouldn’t happen and our future is not destroyed.