Ban Ki-moon visit to Jamia: The story and photo that many missed
OT, April 28, 2012 11:58 IST
Malik Ghufran Rumi/JMI
The special visit of Secretary General to United Nations Ban Ki-moon to central university Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) on April 27 at about 11 AM was marked by a minor protest. Some hundred Sikhs had turned up outside the university on Friday morning seeking justice for victims of 1984 riots.
Stationed just outside the Ansari Auditorium, Sikhs were carrying banners and posters reading: “Ban Ki-moon don’t shake hands with killers of Sikhs”. The Sikhs demonstration has come days after the CBI issued a statement on Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a Delhi court.
However, the protesters were not allowed to enter the university premises. And no untoward incident took place as security was beefed up in the area. The presence of protesters led to traffic snarl around the university.
To avoid the agitating Sikhs, Ban Ki-moon was escorted out of the university at about 12:00 PM via another gate near Old SRK hostel. The drama unfolded in front of the presence of a strong media. But the story was downplayed.
Earlier in the morning, the special convocation held by JMI in honour of Ban Ki-moon went on peacefully. The event was a huge success with the JMI vice chancellor Najeeb Jung conferring on the doctors on the well-known international personality Ban.
While offering the degree, JMI said in a press release: “In honouring him (Ban Ki-moon, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) celebrates one of the most acclaimed figures of our times, who – in his person and action – combine the strong foundations of morality and ethics with equally important principles of human rights and dignity.”
(A Batla House resident, Rumi is a JMI alumnus. He was present on the spot.)
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