Ramjas clashes: ABVP ends campus protest, says ‘won’t allow JNU repeat’
Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) ended their protest against ‘anti-nationals’ on Thursday warning that “any repeat of last year’s events in JNU” will not be tolerated. The members of the RSS backed students body were holding the protest a day after violent clashes in Delhi University’s North Campus over literature festival at Ramjas College.
“We had to stage this protest as we cannot allow anti-nationals to turn DU into JNU. Even in future anyone does anything of this sort we will again raise the issue and protest,” said Satendra Awana, ABVP member and former DUSU president.
Around 40 ABVP members had gathered at the Arts Block at 12pm amid heavy police presence. “Yesterday students raised slogans of Kashmir’s azadi, disrespected Bharat mata and also the national flag. We will not tolerate such activity in the campus and our protest is against that. We will be protesting at arts faculty,” Amit Tanwar, DUSU president, told HT.
As more students joined in to take part, NSUI members started gathering at Chhatra Marg on the other side for a peaceful demonstration. “We have not called for a protest but a peaceful march. We believe in non violence and stand for freedom of speech and expression. We would like to request everyone not to politicise the matter,” said Amrita Dhawan, NSUI president.
At ITO police headquarters, nearly 300 JNU and DU gathered holding placards and demanding against ABVP members who had allegedly resorted to violence on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, classes were suspended at Ramjas College on Thursday. The college management, however, said it was for administrative reasons. “Classes have been suspended from 9.30 am because of the flower show and not because of Wednesday’s violence. Earlier a notification said no classes will be suspended from 12.30 pm but then it was changed to 9.30am,” says a teacher at Ramjas College.
At least eight migrant labourers were crushed to death, while six others were grievously injured, when an iron rod-loaded truck in which they were travelling met with a major accident on NH-57 on Monday morning. Confirming the deaths, sub-divisional police officer SK Saroj said the labourers, all residents of Rajasthan, were heading to Jammu from Siliguri in West Bengal when the driver lost control and toppled on the roadside.
The Delhi fire control room received at least 20 calls until 9 am on Monday related to the uprooting of trees and wall collapses because of the heavy rain and gusty winds. The calls were received from places such as Delhi Cantonment, Civil Lines, Main Rohtak Road, and Dhaula Khan. The rains and the gusty winds up to 70 km per hour also led to traffic jams in many parts of the city.
The traffic police advised people to avoid stretches such as Narsinghpur area, Jharsa Crossing, Sector 29, Sector 38, Sector 50, Rajeev Chowk, Sheetla Mata Road, Civil Lines, Golf Course Extension Road, Vatika Chowk, Sector 52 and Daulatabad Flyover. “We have deployed teams, and are pumping out water through motors to ensure smooth flow of traffic, but congestions are being reported from many areas,” Ravinder Kumar Tomar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) said, warning commuters to plan their journeys accordingly.
New Delhi: The heavy rain and gusty winds uprooted trees and led to water logging in Delhi on Monday and triggered power cuts across the city. The India Meteorological Department said thunderstorms were expected to continue in the city accompanied by gusty winds with a speed of 60-90 kilometre per hour. Officials urged residents, especially children, to stay away from electricity poles, sub-stations, transformers, and streetlights.
Delhi was much in need of a relief amid intense heatwave over the last few weeks and heavy rain and thunderstorms did just that. The mercury dropped by around 11 degrees Celsius in nearly 1.5 hours on Monday morning. “Today, between 5:40 am and 7 am, temperature fell by 11 degree Celsius, from 29 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius,” the India Meteorological Department said as per news agency ANI. Power blackouts were also reported.