Ramjas protests highlights: Case of campus violence transferred to Crime Branch
A day after violence broke out outside Ramjas College in Delhi University, two student groups have planned protests at Delhi Police Headquarters near ITO and North Campus on Thursday.
The All India Students Association from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University are jointly protesting at the police headquarters. They are demanding the arrest of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, who allegedly clashed with students on Wednesday.
Congress-backed National Students Union of India has also called for a peace march from DU Arts Faculty to Maurice Nagar police station.
Here are live updates:
4.42 pm: Protesting students demand that either separate FIRs be registered or police should give in writing that no separate FIRs will not be taken. Students say they will approach court with this letter.
4.40 pm: After reading the contents of the FIR, which states that there was a clash between ABVP and Left Wing students, protesters unhappy. They says it is biased as ABVP students had created the ruckus.
4.33 pm: Protests continue over four hours after students arrived at ITO. The protesting students are still pressing for their demands and no agreement has been reached so far with the police.
4.02 pm: The case against violence on campus transferred to the Crime Branch. Students can air grievances to the DCP crime branch directly.
3.15 pm: Special CP law and order, SBK Singh, says Delhi Police will invite a public notice soon. Thereafter, students can submit their complaints to the police. The evidence will be attached to one FIR.
2.55 pm: Students also want all those who were alleged victims of violence on Wednesday to be able to file separate FIRs. The police are maintaining that this is excessive and not permissible under law.
2.45 pm: The point of contention is that the students want separate FIRs against every single ABVP member and policeman who allegedly engaged in violence at Ramjas College. The police are saying that instead of separate FIRs, the complaints can be clubbed together in a single FIR.
2.25 pm: Dialogue begins between police and students at ITO. Students demand separate FIRs by victims who were beaten.
2.10 pm: ABVP end their protest at North Campus warning that any “repeat of last year’s events in JNU” will not be tolerated.
2.05 pm: Students demand that Delhi Police top cops should come outside the police HQ and talk to them instead of a delegation going inside.
2 pm: Protesting students threaten to block the ITO intersection if their demands are not met in an hour.
1.52 pm: Protesting against violence at Ramjas College on Wednesday, NSUI students sing ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ outside Arts Faculty.
1.48 pm: ABVP members spill onto the street near Shri Ram College of Commerce. NSUI protesters still at Chhatra Marg on the other side.
1.32 pm: Even as ABVP students protest at Arts Faculty, NSUI students are gathering outside. They plan to hold 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,” says Amrita Dhawan, NSUI president.
1.15 pm: Taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi’s remark at an election rally in Fatehpur, Umar Khalid says BJP wants to make Uttar Pradesh a samshan. “Just like they want to make the JNU and North Campus a samshan,” he says.
1.10 pm: Umar Khalid addresses protesters. “If I would have spoken at Ramjas, only few could have heard me. But because of the furore now whole nation is hearing me. Police have not even been able to file a chargesheet against me and they say I am an anti-national and I have links with terrorist organisations,” he says.
1.05 pm: Teachers at SGTB Khalsa College says their street play competition has been cancelled just now after repeated threats from DUSU.
1.01 pm: Controversial JNU student Umar Khalid arrives at ITO.
12.57 pm: ABVP members at north campus start protesting. They say they are against anti-nationals and will continue to protest.
12.50: Protesters sit outside PHQ. But traffic flow on Vikas Marg is normal.
12.40 pm: Students protesting at ITO say they are trying to meet Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and give a memorandum to him demanding an FIR. Kawal Preet Kaur of Faculty of Arts, DU says they will not vacate the place till the commissioner gives them an assurance.
12.30 pm: Protesters at ITO say they will not vacate the place till the police register an FIR. “We are here because of police inaction so we won’t go till an FIR is registered against ABVP members and the police, who assaulted students. We are at police headquarters because Maurice Nagar police station is partial. They favour ABVP,” says Akash Deep student of Shradhanand College of DU.
12.17 pm: Police deployed at Ramjas College a day after the incident. No one is allowed to enter.
12.10 pm: At ITO, protesters start protest march amid slogans against Delhi Police and ABVP. Demand police to register FIR against ABVP students.
12.07 pm: Around 40 ABVP members gather outside DUSU office at north campus. They are going to protest outside Arts Faculty. Heavy police deployment across the campus. Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson, says protests on Wednesday could have been handled better.
11.50 am: More than 300 students from JNU and DU have gathered at ITO holding placards.
11.45 am: DU vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi says he wants students to know that violence will not lead to anything positive. “I request that people and students should not lose their cool. They should maintain peace in the campus, which is very important.”
11.25 am: Delhi Police has deployed water canon at the protest site.
11.15 am: Students start gathering outside PHQ. Protests likely to start around 11.30 am.
10.59 am: More than 200 police personnel deployed outside police headquarters. A large number of women cops are standing guard.
10 am: ABVP also plans to gather at Arts Faculty to counter the protest by NSUI at 1 pm. “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, tells HT.
9.30 am: Classes suspended at Ramjas College. Though management says it is 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.
How it started?
Violence erupted on Wednesday after students from DU colleges and JNU congregated outside Ramjas College to hold a protest march against the RSS-backed ABVP student group.
They were demanding action against the ABVP members, who had allegedly heckled and thrown stones at students gathered for a seminar at a conference hall on Tuesday, where controversial JNU student Umar Khalid was invited to speak.
Before the march took off past 2pm on Wednesday, ABVP members reached the spot and clashed with the demonstrators despite heavy police deployment.
Policemen tried to picket out the two groups, but blows and stones had left many wounded already. Many of the protesters were detained, while a case of rioting, obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty, and causing hurt was registered against unknown people later in the evening.