2016's JNU battle enters DU territory in 2017: Delhi Police beats up students, journalists

The ABVP activists clashed with AISA representatives and supporters a day after the former created a ruckus over an invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to speak at a seminar in the college.

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The Delhi Police on Wednesday stepped in to control the protests outside Ramjas College in the city with what is said to have been excessive in its use of force against students of Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University and mediapersons after clashes broke out between members of the RSS-backed ABVP and the Left-affiliated AISA.

The ABVP activists clashed with AISA representatives and supporters a day after the former created a ruckus over an invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to speak at a seminar in the college.






The students, said to be AISA members, were to march from Ramjas College to Maurice Nagar police station, demanding action against the ABVP for holding up yesterday's proceedings. The march is said to have been blocked by ABVP members.





While Delhi Police claimed to have tried to bring the situation under control, AISA members said the police stood and watched ABVP members throw stones, attack students and journalists. Further, a DU students union functionary claimed the university was overrun by a large number of JNU students.







Reports said over 20 students, one DU professor and media persons have been injured amidst the protest.

Meanwhile, students from Ramjas College and other Delhi University colleges say the ABVP action amounted to a “breach of freedom of expression”.




College president and ABVP member Yogit Rathi said, "Ramjas College cannot see the likes of Umar Khalid talking here. He talks of dividing the country. We were going to hold a silent protest against this and alerted the college principal about it. "



Photo courtesy: Vijay Pandey