ABVP vandalises JNU Activist Umar Khalid’s lecture at Ramjas College


Members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) vandalised a seminar hosting lecture sessions by JNU Activists Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid at Ramjas College, this afternoon. ABVP activists led by Delhi University Students’ Union President Amit Tanwar pelted stones and gheraoed the conference hall inflicting harm to the students and property.

The two-day seminar was organised by the WordCraft, the literary society of the College.

Accompanying Tanwar, DUSU Vice President Priyanka Chawri expressed annoyance on hosting the “anti-national” activists. According to sources, they met the principal seeking cancellation of the event. Following the students and the faculty’s disagreement on the same, ABVP activists took to violent measures. The (ABVP) activists pelted stones, damaged property and also detached power supply to the conference hall. They also locked the students and faculty inside conference hall, until Police intervention to oust the students from the back door. “A first-year student was severely injured and was taken to the hospital. They inflicted severe physical violence on the students” informs Arindam Goswami, an attendee and student of the Ramjas College.

The initial two sessions steered smoothly. Preceding hours before Umar Khalid’s lecture, ABVP activists turned up with hockey sticks and stones at the college gate. Khalid was here to speak to speak on “War in the Adivasi area”. Speaking to University Express, Khalid tells us that he was informed by the organisers about the occurrence at around 1:30 P.M. “They told me that the Police is refusing to co-operate…We thought of having a Skype lecture but then they had damaged the property at the conference hall” informs the JNU activist.

Umar Khalid, a BASO activist (Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Organisation) from JNU was accused of inflaming anti-nationalist activities in the campus. A year and multiple trials later, no charge sheet has been filed against him. The other speaker, Shehla Rashid, was the JNUSU Vice-President back then. She was indicted by the Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union for an alleged derogatory post against the Prophet, a few days back.

ABVP has a notable history of vandalising seminars, events and cultural activities. A few months back, the right-wing student activists had also disrupted an event at the Arts Faculty: “Idea of a University”, organised by the All India Students Association (AISA). DUSU President Amit Tanwar had also punched AISA activist Kawalpreet Kaur on her face in the same event.

While right-wing propagators like author and columnist Tarek Fateh are welcomed with a red-carpet into campuses, the opposing ideologies are curtailed with violent acts.

Occurrences like these, perhaps indicate that the liberal character of the campuses has been “left aside”, to propagate the “right move”. High time, DU fights back for its liberal spaces.


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