Clashes broke out between the two student outfits outside Delhi University’s Ramjas College in North Campus today. Students from RSS-backed ABVP and Left-affiliated AISA clashed over the seminar invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid. ABVP is raising protest demanding the cancellation of invite to both the students.
JNU scholar student Umar Khalid, along with Kanhaiya Kumar and three other students was charged with sedition by Delhi Police last year February after an event in JNU where alleged “anti-national” slogans were raised.
The issue had led to a major protest by the Opposition political parties even inside the Parliament criticising Delhi Police for its approach. More than an year on, the Delhi Police hasn’t been able to file even a charge sheet in the case.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, RSS’ student-wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) locked down the Ramjas college seminar room and allegedly pelted stones in protest against an invitation to JNU students to address a seminar, calling them “anti-nationals”.
The two JNU students were invited to take part in a session during a two-day seminar on ‘Culture of Protest’ organised by Wordcraft, Ramjas college’s Literary Society.
Beside Umar Khalid, the RSS student outfit was also opposing invite to Shehla Rashid Shora, who was face of the movement demanding release of the students arrested in that case.
On Wednesday afternoon, protesting against the ABVP’s conduct, a section of teachers, students and members of left-affiliated All India Students’ Association (AISA) had decided to march to Maurice Nagar police station demanding action against ABVP members for alleged vandalism.
According to the initial reports, the two groups got into scuffle after the ABVP members allegedly stopped them from marching ahead and also locked the students and teachers inside the college.
While, as AISA members tried to barge inside the premises to meet their colleagues, the scuffle intensified further leaving one student injured.
Ramjas College Principal Rajender Prasad said he is in discussion with the teachers who were organisers of the event and requested both the groups to not disrupt the peace and harmony in the college.