A day before BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s lecture at the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) auditorium in Indore, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) members on Friday damaged properties, defaced walls at the varsity’s administrative block.
The ruckus continued for more than an hour in the presence of police personnel, who allegedly remained spectators and shot the incident in their camera.
The Congress-backed NSUI workers claimed that the university and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are attempting to saffronise education in the country and that they won’t allow any controversial politician to deliver a lecture.
“The motive behind the lecture is all about preaching RSS ideology in the university and we won’t allow such activities at DAVV,” said NSUI state president Vipin Wankhade.
On Thursday, the students’ union pasted pamphlets with slogans “Swamy go back” across the campus.
Around 12.30pm on Friday, about 20-25 NSUI members blocked the entry of students and officials at the administrative block main entrance.
They shouted slogans against Swami, RSS and university (acting) vice-chancellor Prof Ashutosh Mishra and blackened the BJP leader’s posters and damaged flower pots at the garden.
The NSUI state president said they will continue to protest on Saturday too until the university revokes its decision.
DAVV acting vice-chancellor Prof Ashutosh Mishra did not pick up his phone. Some university officials, on the condition of anonymity, said they will lodge a first information report against the people involved in the incident.
The Chotti Gwaltoli police said they would lodge a case against the NSUI members only if the university officials approach them.
This is not the first time Swamy is facing protests at a university. Last months, the NSUI and some left-wing students protesting outside Delhi University against the BJP leader’s guest lecture on the Ram Janmabhoomi.