A string of violent clashes broke out on Wednesday in Delhi University’s North Campus between students from Left-affiliated AISA and RSS-backed ABVP over the disruption of a literary festival in Ramjas College. The violence was allegedly started by the members of ABVP.
The literary society of Ramjas College on Tuesday was hosting a seminar called “Culture of Protest” for which they had invited Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid, research scholars of JNU to speak. However, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, disrupted the event by protesting against the invitation of the two research scholars, branding them “anti-nationals”. The ABVP members locked down the Ramjas college seminar room and pelted stones at the students. The college authorities decided to withdraw the invitation.
Awaking to Tuesday’s disruption by ABVP, the students from Delhi University and JNU gathered for a protest march on Wednesday during which clashes between students and members of the ABVP broke out. ABVP members did not allow the march to proceed and allegedly locked the students and teachers inside Ramjas college while AISA members tried to barge inside the premises to “rescue the captives”. Students have claimed that members of the ABVP threw stones and bottles on them, as a result of which several students and professors had been injured and taken to a hospital.
The police tried to control the situation but couldn’t manage to segregate the ABVP members from the AISA members. Many students have claimed that the police personnel present did not stop the attack. Journalists who were covering the protest, too, were attacked and their cameras were broken. Videos shared on social media show police personnel pushing students into police vans and women being lathi charged by male constables.
Delhi Police has registered a case of rioting and assaulting police officers on duty against unknown persons in connection with the clashes, PTI reported.
In response to the assault, JNU’s United Left Front has also gathered for a demonstration protest on Thursday to “rise in rage against the massive violence unleashed by ABVP in Delhi University, with the active support of Delhi Police”, at the Delhi Police Head Quarters (ITO).
The Logical Indian contacted Mr Amit Tanwar, a member of ABVP, now the President of DUSU who claimed that they had to take charge because AISA abused ‘Bharat Mata’, threw the Indian flag on the ground, and also beat them.
ABVP students stall seminar, turn violent at Ramjas College from Debalin Roy on Vimeo.
The Logical Indian condemns this violence where students, teachers, and journalists were attacked. Delhi has turned into a boiling pot since last year owing to student movements. We need a fresh and healthy student politics environment in the country which endorses peaceful marches and does not favour violence of any sort. Political party affiliations should be kept separate from student politics.