Amidst heavy police presence, nearly 500 students and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members laid siege to the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), RNT Marg campus, on Wednesday in support of their 32-point charter of demands.
Some of the main demands include the timely conduct of exams, declaration of results, opening of regional centres at Jhabua, Khandwa and Burhanpur and women’s development cell for female students. The protest ended at 3pm after the vice chancellor D P Singh accepted all their demands.
There was heavy police force since morning on the campus, especially near the administrative block (Nalanda Parisar) as after the recent Government Arts and Commerce College incidence, the administration feared that the ABVP activists might create ruckus at university’s administrative block.
Vice chancellor Singh reached the university gate and accepted the memorandum listing the 32 demands from ABVP regional secretary Rohin Rai and assured the students that he would immediately fulfil all the demands which were under his control.
Singh said the university administration would table some of the demands in executive council (EC) meeting and the remaining would be forwarded to the state government.
Around 2pm, a group of 500 students and ABVP workers reached the varsity but they were stopped at the main gate.
Within minutes, the number of students started growing as supporters of ABVP leaders began to converge outside the varsity gate shouting slogans.
By 2:30pm, over 500 students having flags of the ABVP gathered on the RNT Road. They were shouting slogans against the varsity administration and looking for a chance to forcibly enter the campus. However, the police stood their ground and prevented the students from entering the campus.
Due to the convergence of the students outside the university gate, vehicular movement along one lane of the RNT Marg got disrupted forcing the traffic cops to divert vehicles moving from Madhu Milan to Regal Square on alternate roads.