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Angry Protesters clashed outside the Ramjas College over Inviting Umar Khalid

 2017-02-22 11:56:46.0

Angry Protesters clashed outside the Ramjas College over Inviting Umar Khalid

New Delhi: The protest outside Delhi University's Ramjas college turned violent today, with clashes between the ABVP and All India Student Association (AISA) members taking place.A large number of police were seen trying to control the aggressive crowd.The scuffles broke out during a protest march by the college students and teachers demanding actions against allegedly cancelling invite to Umar Khalid, one of the JNU students charged with sedition last year. He and another student, Shehla Rashid, were to speak at a session onthe "cultural of protest" organized as part of a two-day seminar by the college literary society.

The Common Students Teachers March was planned to begin from Ramjas campus to Maucire Nagar Police Station, when they were stopped by members of the ABVP, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

AISA members were surrounded by ABVP members and not allowed to march.
"We were attacked, the cops did nothing. Our students were bleeding. They hurled bricks at us... They pulled the hair of women," said Shahla Rashid.

There was heavy police deployment to control crowds, but the demonstrations and sloganeering did not stop. After causing the ruckus, the ABVP members also reportedly clashed with the police.

The ABVP denied attacking protesters or even forcing the college to cancel its invites to the JNU students.

"There was no violence.The ABVP promotes discussion. But you need to maintain decorum.. The college students and teachers didn't want Umar Khalid," claimed ABVP leader Abhishek Verma.

Yesterday, ABVP members disrupted a seminar at which JNU students Umar Khalid was invited to speak. Also members of Dehli University Students Union (DUSU) and the ABVP gathered outside the college and shouted slogans demanding that the invite to "anti-national"be cancelled.

Ramjas College Principal, Rajendra Prasad said, "While seminar will continue but we have decided to cancel participation of these two students. It is not that we don't support freedom of speech but it had to be done keeping peace and harmony of campus in mind."

Even after the college cancelled the Khalids address, the ABVP vandalized college property and pelted stones at students and teachers.


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