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DUSU president poses with rifles, photos posted on Facebook account

Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) president Amit Tanwar flanked by his supporters posed with rifles and guns at the union office in North campus.

delhi Updated: Oct 03, 2016 23:17 IST
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DUSU president Amit Tanwar ( left )  with other office-bearers.
DUSU president Amit Tanwar ( left ) with other office-bearers.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) president Amit Tanwar flanked by his supporters posed with rifles and guns at the union office in North campus.

Carrying weapons on the campus is “gross indiscipline” according to the university rules.

Tanwar is from RSS-backed Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad. The ABVP, which has been sweeping the union elections since 2014, won three out of the four DUSU seats this year.

Dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans, Tanwar along with at least 10 other people posed for photos at the DUSU office where he organised a “memorial service” for a former DU student.

Tanwar defended the photos and said that the rifles did not belong to him and were brought by someone who had come to attend the event. “One of the people who came to attend the event was a politician and he came with PSO. The PSOs were carrying licensed guns. I don’t remember who the person was,” he said.

The photos made it to his and other people’s social media profiles on Sunday, only to be deleted after Tanwar was questioned about the photos on Monday.

“The person for whom I organised the event is from my village and like an elder brother. He is a former DU student, who died in an accident last year. I held a memorial service for him in DUSU office. People from the village and DU came for it,” Tanwar said.

By evening the photos with guns and rifles were no more visible on Tanwar’s Facebook profile. Tanwar maintained he does not use that account and it is run by his followers.

“Some people clicked the photos and uploaded it on Facebook. I don’t run that account. It is run by those who were managing my campaign during the DUSU elections,” he said.

Officials said they have not received any complaint yet. “There has been no complaint and we are not aware of the incident. As per rules, bringing weapons to the campus is not allowed,” an official from the proctor office said.

The University Ordinance XV-B of the DU rule book says, “Without prejudice to the generality of power to enforce discipline under the ordinance the following shall amount to acts of gross indiscipline: (b) carrying of, use of or threat to use of any weapons.”