Delhi University students clash: Police calls for strict action, VC advocates peace
Meanwhile, the left student organisation AISA staged protests against Delhi Police and ABVP outside police headquarters
A day after Delhi University students clash outside Ramjas College, the Delhi Police on Thursday called for strict action, while taking note of some policemen's actions in handling law and order situation during the commotion.
"In North Campus, few policemen's unprofessional actions noticed. Enquiry on, strict action will be taken. The situation is being monitored," Times of India quoted Joint Commissioner of Police Deependra Pathak as saying.
Pathak also asked students to remain peaceful if they hold any protests in the future.
Meanwhile, the left student organisation AISA staged protests against Delhi Police and ABVP outside police headquarters.
"I urge the students to keep their cool and help maintain the university's peaceful atmosphere. It is my appeal to those who consider themselves political cadres, that they should maintain the dignity of educational institutions," Vice Chancellor of Delhi University Yogesh Tyagi told Times.
When asked whether the administration is going soft on ABVP on the issue, Tyagi said, "It is not a question of 'soft' or 'hard'. All students are important to us. Nobody is the enemy here. Sab apne hai."
Tyagi also denied the chances of setting up an enquiry into the matter and added proctor's office would deal with the students' concerns.
“Yesterday students raised slogans of Kashmir’s azadi, disrespected Bharat mata and also the national flag. We will not tolerate such activity in the campus and our protest is against that. We will be protesting at arts faculty,” Hindustan Times quoted Amit Tanwar, DUSU president as saying.
Classes for Ramjas college have been suspended citing administrative reasons. “Classes have been suspended from 9:30 am because of the flower show and not because of Wednesday’s violence. Earlier a notification said no classes will be suspended from 12:30 pm but then it was changed to 9:30 am,” a teacher at Ramjas College was quoted by Hindustan Times.
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 media persons 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.