INDIA ABROAD March 3, 2017 21 INDIA
— NEW DELHI
iolent clashes broke
out between two stu-
dent groups outside
At least a dozen students and
a teacher were wounded after a
group demonstrated against the
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi
Parishad (ABVP) -- the RSS stu-
dent wing that dominates the
students union in Delhi
Some of them tried to march
to the nearby Maurice Nagar
Police Station but were stopped
by a group of ABVP students.
Police blocked the road from
Patel Chest to the police station
with barricades amid slogan
shouting by the two warring
The ABVP side chanted
"Bharat Mata ki jai" and "Desh ke
gaddaron ko, jootey maaro..."
The other side countered with
"ABVP ki gundagardi nahi chale-gi, nahi chalegi."
Some students were locked
inside the college as All India
Students Association (AISA)
activists alleged ABVP members
surrounded them and didn't
allow the march.
"We were attacked, police did
nothing. Our students were
bleeding. They hurled bricks at
us," tweeted Shehla Rashid, who
was also invited for the two-day
seminar and was at Ramjas dur-
ing the clashes.
She alleged that the ABVP
activists, with the help of police,
"unleashed brutal violence on
our peaceful march."
The ABVP, however, denied
resorting to violence or forcing
the college to cancel the invite to
Khalid and Rashid.
"There was no violence. The
ABVP always promotes discussion. But you need to maintain
decorum… The college students
and teachers didn't want
Khalid," ABVP leader Abhishek
Those wounded in the clashes
included English Department
teacher Prasanta Chakravarty,
Also admitted were three stu-
A.K. Goyal, medical superintendent at the hospital, said they
had suffered some bruises but
there was "nothing serious".
Students threatened to camp
outside the police station as
police refused to file an FIR
against ABVP for alleged violence on Tuesday and
Commissioner of Police Esha
Pandey told IANS that "adequate
deployment" of police was made
outside the college to stop the
situation getting out of control
after clashes "between two stu-
dent outfits over their ideolo-
"We have controlled the situation. We will take all necessary
action after investigating the
matter...and maintain (peace in
the college) for students,"
Pandey said, adding no FIR had
been registered till Feb. 22
evening. Saikat Ghosh, a Delhi
University teacher, said the situation was "completely chaotic
inside the college which was
locked from inside by the ABVP
"Many students had to escort
their teachers inside against the
feral and abusive mob. This is
totally unpardonable. How can
police side with these goons,"
On Tuesday, a large group of
ABVP students disrupted the
first session of the two-day semi-
nar at Ramjas College on Indian
tribals – a subject on which
Khalid is writing his PhD thesis.
The ABVP raised slogans
denouncing Khalid as an "anti-national" and forced the organiz-ers to suspend the day's event
Khalid was among the students booked for sedition for
allegedly raising anti-national
slogans at the JNU on February 9
last year. The violence at the college triggered sharp reaction
from the Congress and the Aam
Aadmi Party (AAP).
Abhishek Manu Singhvi told
reporters that the "climate of
intolerance is expanding day by
day after the arrival of the BJP
"Ramjas is just an example. It
is happening across the coun-try," Singhvi said.
AAP spokesperson Ashutosh
said: The "ABVP is used by
(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi
to kill every educational (
institution)... from JNU to Ramjas" and
said the police was in collusion
with it. Amnesty International's
India chapter head Aakar Patel
said: "Universities are supposed
to be safe spaces for debate and
discussion. But the events at
Ramjas College are a shameful
reminder of how intimidation
and threats continue to restrict
free speech on university cam-puses."
AISA activists stage a demonstration against ABVP at Ramjas College in New Delhi, on Feb 22, 2017.
Violent Clashes at Delhi University
Over Invitation to a JNU Student
Violent clashes over invite to JNU’s Umar Khalid
he prime accused in the
abduction of Bhavana, a
actress, remained absconding
Feb 22, even as state Minister for
Cultural Affairs A.K. Balan said
arrests would be made in the
case "even if God is an accused."
The police team has still not
been able to arrest Pulsar Sunil –
who has a criminal record and
one who has been a driver to
many in the Malayalam film
Speaking to media in
Kozhikode on Tuesday, Balan
said no stone would be left
unturned in the ongoing probe.
"The film industry is a bad
world and even if God is an
accused (person) in the case,
arrest will be made. The probe
will also look into the conspiracy
angle, besides who is behind this
gang. Many told me when I took
the cinema portfolio that I would
find it tough, but I will clean it
up," Balan said.
His statement came soon after
actor-turned-politician and for-
mer Cinema Minister K.B.
Ganesh Kumar said in the
Malayalam film industry there is
a practice of "relying on goons to
"There are several undesirable
things happening in the industry
here, which I am unable to say it
openly. But I will now reveal
everything I know to Chief
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. This
sort of happening has occurred
with others too in the film indus-
try, but for fear of ostracism,
they have remained silent. There
is an urgent need to round up the
goons in Kochi," Kumar, a sitting
The actress was abducted on
February 17 while traveling from
Thrissur to Kochi by road.
She was dumped near a direc-
tor-turned-actor's house, from
where the police were informed
and her driver Martin was arrest-
ed. The victim told the police
that Pulsar Sunil committed the
crime at the behest of others.
Sunil reportedly told the actress
that he had been hired to kidnap
her and, if she resisted, he would
have to use force.
The Kerala High Court on
Tuesday posted his anticipatory
bail application for March 3, giv-
ing the police further time to
On Tuesday, several police
officials dressed in plain clothes
waited near courts in and around
Kochi to arrest the prime accused
going by reports that he might
try to slip in and surrender
before a court.
State BJP spokesperson M.S.
Kumar told reporters in the capi-
tal city that the state police
helped prime suspect to flee.
"This happened on the nation-
al highway with the knowledge
of the Home Department and
hence, the combing operations
did not take place properly. This
helped the accused to escape,"
the BJP spokesperson said.
The police has so far arrested
four persons and are keeping a a
watch out for the Sunil and two
The police is preparing a list
of people from the film industry
from whom statements would be
taken as they have got call
details of the prime accused,
who had contacts with several
people in the industry, including
a popular actor.
Former chief minister
Oommen Chandy said time is
running out to arrest the prime
accused and that the people
wanted to know the truth.
"The proof that the probe is on
the right track is when results
emerge, but in this case the
prime accused is still at large,"
Chandy said on Tuesday at
Prime Accused in Malayalam Actress' Assault Absconding