Ram bharose at Ramjas: DU professor, over 20 students injured in clash

AISA members say police stood and watched ABVP members throw stones, attack students and journalists.

Ram bharose at Ramjas: DU professor, over 20 students injured in clash

At least 20 students and a Delhi University professor have been injured after a clash in Delhi's Ramjas College on Wednesday. The ABVP activists clashed with All India Students' Association representatives and supporters a day after the ABVP created a ruckus over an invitation to speak for Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid.

According to the Hindustan Times, 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.

NDTV reported that over 20 students and 1 teacher have been injured amidst the protest. Television reports showed ABVP and AISA members clashing with police. A huge crowd of students could be seen as well as the brawl that ensued because of the protests.



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. "



After the disruption yesterday, the college took back an invitation to former JNU students' union vice-president Shehla Rashid. The college had to at last call off the seminar as heated protests continued against Rashid and Khalid, who had been accused of shouting anti-India slogans last year.

Khalid was invited by the college’s Literary Society to speak in the afternoon on a subject related to his PhD, which he is doing from JNU. His topic at the seminar was The War in Adivasi Areas.

Khalid, a former member of the ultra-radical Democratic Students Union (DSU), was arrested last year on charges of sedition for his role in organising a rally at JNU to commemorate the anniversary of the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Anti-national slogans were allegedly shouted at the event. Following Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya's arrest, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and Rashid emerged as the faces of the stir.