Ramjas College protests: Tension on DU North Campus, students' groups seek action against ABVP

New Delhi: Tension prevailed on Delhi University's North Campus on Thursday in the wake of clashes on Wednesday even as members of students' groups protested at many places, including at the Delhi police headquarters, seeking action against the ABVP.

Ramjas College had turned into a battleground on Wednesday as students of Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP armed with hockey sticks rained blows on each other, causing injuries to many.

Police detained ABVP activists after their clash with AISA students at Delhi University on Wednesday. PTI

Police detained ABVP activists after their clash with AISA students at Delhi University on Wednesday. PTI

Classes remained suspended at the college since morning even as the authorities claimed it was due to "administrative reasons" and not because of the tense situation. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid, facing sedition charge, and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on 'Culture of Protests' which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.

While students of JNU and DU who are members of All India Students Association (AISA) staged a protest at the Delhi police headquarters at ITO, the Congress' student wing National Students Union of India took out a peace march to Maurice Nagar police station.

Khalid, who gave a miss to protests on Wednesday and the day before, joined the protesters at ITO in raising slogans of "ABVP se azaadi" and demanding registration of an FIR against them. "Only a few would have heard me had I spoken at Ramjas. Now, the whole country is hearing me. The Delhi police has not been able to file a chargesheet against me and they say I am an anti-national and I have links with terrorist groups," Khalid told protesters.

A huge posse of police personnel was deployed on the north campus in the wake of the situation prevailing since Wednesday even as DU vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi urged the students not to resort to violence.

"People and students should not lose their cool and maintain peace on the campus. Violence of any kind should be avoided. It will neither offer any solution nor lead to anything positive. The proctor office will look into the matter," he said.

Members of NSUI marched toward Maurice Nagar police station chanting "Raghupati Raghav Raj Ram" as they condemned violent action by the ABVP. "We have not called for a protest. We believe in non-violence and stand for freedom of speech and expression. We request everyone not to politicise the matter," NSUI president Amrita Dhawan said.

Around 50 members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad also gathered outside the Arts faculty at North Campus and reiterated they will not allow "any repeat of JNU like events" in the university.

"They are anti-nationals. They disrespect the tricolour and Bharat Mata and engage in such kind of activities. We will not allow any repeat of JNU like events in Delhi university," president of Delhi University Students Union Amit Tanwar said.

A few policemen and journalists were also roughed up on Wednesday during the violence after students from DU colleges and JNU gathered outside Ramjas College to hold a protest march against ABVP's threat to call off the seminar. They were demanding action against the ABVP members, who had allegedly heckled and thrown stones at students gathered for a seminar at a conference hall where Umar Khalid was invited to speak.

Before the march could take off, ABVP members reached the spot and clashed with the demonstrators despite heavy police deployment.

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Updated Date: Feb 23, 2017 16:59:42 IST

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