AKHIL BHARATIYA Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists took out a rally, held a meeting and submitted memorandum to the Divisional Commissioner on Thursday demanding withdrawal of ‘false’ cases against ABVP leaders in the Sabharwal murder case.
Addressing the activists at Gandhi Hall, where the rally culminated, ABVP national secretary Vishnu Dutt Sharma said that implicating the organisation, which was devoted to student welfare activities and that too without conclusive proof and saving the skin of the real perpetrators has caused them to take to the streets.
Demonstrations taking place all over the State would continue till the ‘false’ cases registered against senior functionaries Shashiranjan Akela and Vimal Tomar and four others based on a faulty investigation done by the State investigative agencies including CID are withdrawn and they are released.
ABVP has been taking up student causes since its inception in 1949 and raising voice of protest over commercialisation of education, discrepancy in fee structure and privatisation of education. The elections at Madhav College (Ujjain) were proceeding peacefully, and when it became apparent that ABVP supported candidates were winning on five class representatives (CR) posts out of a total of eight the National Students Union of India (NSUI) activists turned the tide of events in a way no one had expected, he alleged.
He charged the State Government with bowing under pressure from Congress and said that the State Governor and media were turning a blind eye towards reality. He made the cadres pledge that they would continue their agitation till the innocent people were freed and the guilty were brought to justice.
ABVP regional secretary Bharat Parikh read out a 15-point charter of demands, which was later, submitted to the Divisional Commissioner. Their demands included release of their leaders from jail and withdrawing Section 302 against them, framing legislation to stop commercialisation of education, improving admission, examination and result process, removing corruption in education, etc.
Earlier in the morning, about 1,000 activists carrying banners, plaques, posters, placards and flags marched from Christian College to Gandhi Hall.
Heavy police force was present throughout and a large number walked along with the activists. The police/administration taking a cue from previous unruly incidents got the entire event videotaped.
ABVP City secretary Kamlesh Vaishnav conducted the meeting, Mukesh Singh Chouhan coordinated the events and Vikas Dubey and Manaswi Patidar monitored the arrangements for cadres from the division.