Though the violent clash between ABVP and AISA on DU’s Ramjas College held on Wednesday is over the storm is yet to settle down as some students from Jamia Millia Islamia, JNU, Ambedkar are at ITO police headquarters to protest against alleged hooliganism of the ABVP.
The clash had taken over invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to participate in a seminar to be held on the campus. Two days ago, ABVP had protested against their invite and had locked the seminar room. Following which the university cancelled the event.
It was to protest against this that some AISA activists and teachers decided to march to the nearby Maurice Nagar Police Station demanding action against the activists of the RSS-affiliated ABVP but were stopped by ABVP activists who surrounded the college.
However, according to reports they were not allowed to do so and violent clashes took place.
Some dailies reported that even journalists were manhandled and thequint.com carried a report on it.
Eight policemen suffered injuries in the clashes between the two factions of students, ANI reported.
“People from the ABVP are not allowing students who had come to attend a protest march to leave the college,” Kawalpreet Kaur, President of the All India Students Association’s (AISA) Delhi University unit, told IANS.
“I was on my way to Ramjas College when I was told the event was disrupted by the ABVP. Organisers told me to come from a different route but I still could not make it,” Khalid told IANS on Wednesday.
He said the Wednesday march was not about him but about the “democratic space of the university”.
Saket Bahuguna, the national media convener of the ABVP refuted AISA’s allegation and called the protesting group, “anti-India communists”.