Sixteen activists of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were held for disrupting the University of Mumbai’s Foundation Day celebrations on Monday.
The student body members were protesting against the delay in the declaration of results of final-year students.
According to the university officials, members of the student body barged into the university premises at Fort campus and broke the windowpanes. A security guard too was injured.
Raju Chauhan, organising secretary, ABVP, Mumbai, said: “Results of final year BCom and BA exams have been delayed by almost a month. While our members were trying to get into the Convocation Hall, a glass pane broke and injured a security guard. None of it was intentional.” About 16 ABVP workers were arrested from the spot.
A senior police officer of Azad Maidan police station, requesting anonymity, said, “We have arrested 16 students on charges of unlawful assembly. They will be produced in the court on Tuesday.”
The university officials, however, expressed their displeasure over the incident. “University officials, including the vice chancellor, never avoid any meeting with student organisations. The ABVP volunteers, however, didn’t intimate us about their protest. They just jumped into the campus from the compound wall, broke the glasspanes of a heritage structure and injured a security guard. This is not ethical,” said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development.