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NHRC notice to Delhi Police Commissioner on Ramjas College violence

Series of marches taken out on Delhi University campus; Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from protests; Delhi Police register case against rape threats to her

February 28, 2017 11:14 am | Updated 07:57 pm IST

Students from Miranda House participate in a protest march at Delhi University.

Students from Miranda House participate in a protest march at Delhi University.

Even as a series of marches were taken out on Tuesday on the Delhi University campus in protest against the violence at the Ramjas College last week and Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who protested against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), withdrew herself in the morning from the protests, t he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  issued a notice to Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on the alleged police excesses against students and journalists outside the college on February 22. 

A march was called under a ‘Fight Back DU’ campaign from the Khalsa College to the Arts faculty against “ gundagardi ”.

On Monday, members of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), led by the ABVP, took out a ‘tiranga march’ from the Ramjas College to the Vivekanand Statue at the Arts faculty.

Here are the updates:

7.30 p.m.:  The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has claimed that the violence was provoked by “outsiders” and the blame has been put on them by the “anti-nationals“.

The student outfit has called for a protest on March 2 against the entry of outsiders on campus and their alleged attempts to “pollute” the atmosphere.

“There is lot of hue and cry about ABVP’s involvement in the violence. We would like to put on record that the violence was provoked by outsiders and the ‘anti-nationals’ have put the blame on us,” Saket Bahuguna, ABVP’s national media convener said during a press conference.

“The outsiders are not only polluting the academic and peaceful atmosphere of the university but are also provoking violence. We had not gone to attack anybody but only went to calm the situation that day and to ensure that there is no clash of ideologies in our classroom,” he added.

3.23 p.m: The NHRC, in a statement, said, "Some journalists covering the clashes were allegedly slapped, punched and kicked by policemen. The Commission has taken on record complaints as well as media reports making similar allegations, including threats to some students on social media (sic)."

1: 10 p.m.: Mohit Kumar Pandey, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union, marches into the Delhi University.

 

1: 00 p.m.: Protest march begins from the Khalsa College.

12: 20 p.m.: The first to reach the protest venue are girls from the Miranda House. They were accompanied by their teachers.

 

12: 05 p.m.: Delhi Police file an FIR in connection with rape threats to Gurmehar Kaur, reports Shubhomoy Sikdar .

 

11: 00 a.m.: The faculty of the English Department of Lady Shri Ram College, where Gurmehar Kaur studies, issues a statement in support of her.

"It is immensely gratifying to us as her teachers that she has responded sensitively, creatively and bravely to events in her immediate context rather than seek the safe refuge of silence," the statement said.

 

10: 45 a.m.: Members of the National Students' Union of India's (NSUI) pariticipate in a hunger strike outside the Delhi University's Arts faculty.

 

10: 20 a.m.: A scene outside the Khalsa College:

 

9: 00 a.m.: Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from the protests.

In a series of tweets, she says, “I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take.”

 

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