Ramjas Violence: 2 ABVP men arrested, ABVP backs off and suspends them
DU students have decided to hold another march from Mandi House to Parliament on March 4 in protest against the ABVP.
In the midst of an ongoing clash between student unions following Ramjas violence, the police arrested 2 Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists following a complaint of the alleged attack on All India Students Association(AISA) students. ABVP suspended the students after the arrest.
In the protest march held on Tuesday by students, teachers and non-teaching staff from various universities including JNU, Jamia and Ambedkar University, the police have arrested 2 ABVP men, Prashant Mishra and Vinayak Sharma.
The duo was arrested following the complaint by 2 students on AISA, Utkarsh Bharadwaj and Raj Singh, who said they were beaten up and attempts were made to strangle them as they were returning from the protest.
During the day, more than 2,000 placard-holding, slogan-shouting students and teachers turned up for the rally at the North Campus. Left leaders D Raja and Sitaram Yechury joined the walk that was held under tight security. Slogans like "Vaad Vivad ki azadi, lathi patthar khoon nahi" and "DU humara hai, gundon ki jaageer nahi" thundered across DU.
Buoyed by the turnout at Tuesday's protest, DU students have decided to hold another march from Mandi House to Parliament on March 4 in protest against the ABVP.
In an interview to Firstpost, the general secretary of ABVP Vinay Bidre clarified ABVP's stand saying,"Whatever is happening across various campuses is not due to the difference between two ideologies, but it’s a fight between nationalists and anti-nationals."
Addressing violence threats to Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a martyr of Kargil war who started the campaign against ABVP on Facebook, Bidre said, "As our image was getting tarnished, we (ABVP) filed an FIR today in the Gurmehar Kaur threat case. It’s not a question of taking a stand on any issue, but of exposing the anti-nationals. ABVP will continue to fight against such elements."
On Tuesday, Gurmehar Kaur, who has been the centre of controversy for receiving rape and death threats, withdrew from the protests but asked people to turn up in huge number. Kaur’s statement came after Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) organised Tiranga march in Delhi University campus.
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.
On February 23, hundreds of students associated with AISA and RSS-backed ABVP had attacked each other, causing serious injuries to many. The clashes followed the cancellation of an invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid Shora after ABVP objected to the invite. The students at the march, however, alleged that the incident was a one-sided attack by ABVP not a "clash.".