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Students protest: Hindustani Bhau arrested by Mumbia police

Hindustani Bhai

YouTuber and Bigg Boss 13 fame ‘Hindustani Bhau’ alias Vikas Fhatak, arrested by Mumbai Police for instigating students for protesting in Dharavi and Nagpur on Monday (January 31) over their demand for online exams for classes 10 and 12 in view of the pandemic.

The news: Following the protest of students over demand of cancellation of offline exams Dharavi police arrested Fhatak (41) aka ‘Hindustani Bhau’ a resident of Khar danda in Khar (West), and his aide Ikrar Khan (25) they will be produced before a magistrate court in Bandra.

A meeting has been called by state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad to discuss the topic with officials and students on Tuesday.

Fhatak, on January 29 had uploaded a video on Instagram asking students to “peacefully protest” with him against the government’s decision in Dharavi outside the residence of Gaikwad.

He also appealed to students across Maharashtra to visit education offices in their region with the same demand.

Following this, around 1,000 to 1,500 students gathered outside the minister’s residence on Monday.

The protests took a violent turn in Mumbai and Nagpur with students damaging private and police vehicles by pelting stones. While the protests in Jalgaon and Aurangabad remained peaceful, in Mumbai and Nagpur, the local police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the mob.

An FIR has been registered against Fhatak and several others under IPC sections 353 (obstructing public servant from discharging duty),332 (causing hurt to public servant), 427 (mischief causing damage), 109 (abetment) and 114 (abettor present when offence committed), 143, 145, 146, 149 for unlawful assembly and rioting and 188, 269, 270 for violating Covid-19 guidelines. The police have also booked them under section 3 (mischief causing damage) of Prevention of Damage to Public Property act 1984.

Students demanded to cancel the exams as they are not prepared to appear for the board exams that are due to begin in March and if the exam are held, it should be online.

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