The Delhi University campus on Thursday witnessed more student protests, this time by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and and the Delhi University Students’ Unon who carried out a ‘Save DU’ march in North Campus calling for a nationwide campus ban on Left affiliated organisations.
Hundreds of students gathered for the rally which started from the Faculty of Arts and concluded at Ramjas College before crossing through Khalsa College campus.
The ABVP has been at loggerheads with the Left-affiliated All India Students Association.
ABVP’s protest is the second in as many days after Wednesday’s demonstration at the Delhi Police headquarters over what they said was police inaction against those who allegedly raised anti-India slogans at Jawaharlal Nehru University last year.
Media reports on Thursday said ABVP student leaders were carrying posters showing BJP leaders who were killed in alleged violence by Left parties in Kerala. The move, perhaps, to instigate feelings of nationalism among students.
The Delhi Police has reportedly deployed over 600 personnel at North Campus to ensure there is no violence during the protest march today and that law and order is maintained.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur, who was caught in the eye of the storm after her controversial message about ABVP and Indo-Pak disputes, has reportedly clarified that she has no intention or ambitions in politics and does not wish to be dragged into the matter anymore.
“I just gave my opinion, and I never expected the whole thing to take such a turn. I had a really bad time. I am not in a state to talk about it, and I cannot take it anymore,” Kaur told a national daily.
It all began last week when Umar Khalid, who was accused of shouting anti-India slogans at the Jawahar Lal Nehru University last year, and Shehla Rasheed, a former office bearer of JNU Students’ Union, were invited to speak at a literary event organised by the Department of English at the Ramjas College.
The event was cancelled after protests by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. The participants of the event alleged that they were locked in the seminar room and bricks and stones were hurled on the room.
Several teachers including Prashant Chakravarty of the Ramjas college were reportedly injured in the violence. Two policemen were suspended by the Delhi Police a day after the violence.
Two ABVP members Prashant Mishra and Vinayak Sharma, who were arrested for allegedly attacking a group of AISA supporters on Tuesday evening, have been suspended from the students’ body.
Thursday’s protest by ABVP is the second in two days. On Wednesday, the ABVP protested outside Delhi Police headquarters in ITO, New Delhi demanding that the police take action against those responsible for ‘anti-national’ activities as well as those responsible for allegedly hitting their members at Ramjas college.