NSUI activists went on a rampage at HS Gour Central University in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district on Friday against a lecture by a prominent RSS leader, alleging that the varsity was being saffronised.
The lecture was organised by the varsity as part of its two-day national seminar on Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. RSS kshetra pracharak in Madhya Pradesh, Arun Jain was invited to deliver the lecture.
The Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) had earlier declared its protest against the RSS office-bearer’s lecture.
Before the lecture could begin, a group of the students’ outfit went on rampage at the seminar hall of the history department and destroyed furniture, triggering a clash with RSS-affiliated ABVP.
A heavy police force rushed to the university and brought the situation under control after taking the agitators out of the varsity premises.
Not to relent, NSUI activists staged a sit-in on the road outside the varsity, alleging that the RSS was saffronising the institution and demanded that the lecture be stopped.
Police resorted to cane charging and detained several members.
Additional superintendent of police Pankaj Pandey told HT that seven persons had been arrested, including Rahul Khare, Akshay Dubey, Shahrukh Khan, Rahul Sen, Aditya Choudhary and Shivam Kesarwani.
Later, police escorted Jain, vice-chancellor RP Tiwari, state home minister Bhupendra Singh and others to the seminar hall where the lecture was delivered.
Congress spokesman Sandeep Sablok said they were against saffronisation of the varsity and accused the police of behaving like “a British police”.
In Delhi, students of Delhi University and other Left-leaning student organisations have been protesting the alleged saffronisation of the varsity after ABVP forced the cancellation of a talk by JNU scholar Umar Khalid in Ramjas College last week.