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Jamia Professor addresses students protesting against ABVP on campus

Jamia Millia Islamia Professor Rizwan Quaiser addressed some university students who hold peaceful protest march on the campus on Thursday over ABVP violence in Delhi University’s Ramjas College when the ABVP-AISA clashed over cancellation over invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid.

According to eyewitnesses, the peaceful march began at 4:30 pm from the central canteen and ended up at the university’s main library.

Some Jamia students also participated in a protest at Delhi police headquarters in ITO.

A day after the violent incident, tension prevailed on DU North Campus on Thursday with students’ groups protesting at many places, including at the Delhi Police Headquarters, seeking action against the ABVP.

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

The clash was the result of an invite to Khalid facing sedition charge and Shehla. However, the invite was withdrawn after opposition from the ABVP.

Khalid, who was not seen yesterday and day before, turned up today at ITO. He raised 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 charge sheet against me and they say I am an anti-national and I have links with terrorist groups,” Khalid told protesters.

And as protest continues, Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi has issued statement urging 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.

Condemning violent action by the ABVP, NSUI president Amrita Dhawan said: “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.”

ABVP members 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 as reported by PTI.

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