ABVP violence: Thousands march on DU campus demanding freedom from goondaism
The protesters including renowned academicians shouted slogans of "Azaadi demanding for a campus free from what they called as "gundagardi (hooliganism".
Delhi University on Tuesday saw the largest gathering of students and teachers in recent times who marched holding placards against the violence on campus, after the vandalism at the Ramjas College involving BJP linked student organisation ABVP.
The protesters including renowned academicians shouted slogans of "Azaadi demanding for a campus free from what they called as "gundagardi (hooliganism". Delhi police deployed a large contingent force who walked alongside the protesters.
Protest against ABVP at Delhi University. Photo: Sandeep Saxena pic.twitter.com/CmayKTPnHg
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DU student's March begun from Khalsa College to Art Faculty. AAP Student wing CYSS also participating in the March pic.twitter.com/qKGA279VTJ
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Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a Kargil war martyr, who has been the centre of controversy for receiving rape and death threats, has withdrawn from the protests but asked people to turn up in huge number
Kaur’s statement comes a day after Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised Tiranga march in Delhi University campus. Various other protests marches and counter-marches are expected in the Delhi University (DU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campuses.
Gurmehar Kaur started a Facebook campaign with her post where she said she isn’t afraid of ABVP and stands in support of all other students who had been the victim of violence in Ramjas college following clash between AISA and ABVP.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi have supported the protests but many BJP leaders have voiced their dissent.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who came against Gurmehar Kaur's posts, said that "anti-national" acts cannot be condoned in the name of freedom of expression. "The primary responsibility of students is to study. Please devote your time to studies...That will contribute to the country's growth, rather than spreading the poisonous ideology of leftists," NDTV quoted as Rijiju saying.
Kejriwal who has openly supported Kaur tweeted that he would meet Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to ask him ti take action against "ABVP goondaism and rape threats" to the student.