The protest at Delhi University’s Ramjas college isn’t one to end soon and on February 27, it took another turn after the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) held a ‘Tiranga March’ which has been termed as the march for the country. Later today at 4 pm, JNU students’ union (JNUSU) will be holding a public meeting at the Administrative Block while students and teachers from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have planned a march from Khalsa College to Arts Faculty on February 27. Also, DU’s sociology faculty, Nandini Sundar, Rajeev Kanwar of Dyal Singh College and some DU students will address a public meeting at JNU against the violence at Ramjas College.
The Tiranga March initiated by DUSU and led by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) started at 12:30 pm from the Ramjas college premises. Raising hashtags like #March4nation, #IstandwithRamjas and #Istandwithnationalism, the ABVP asserted that they are protesting against Left-leaning student groups who are involved in anti-national activities.
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On February 22, reacting to the cancellation of the event, the Principal of Ramjas College, Rajendra Prasad said that the event was cancelled after protests by students. Earlier on Tuesday, speaking to Indian Express, Debalin Roy, a student said, “Around 40-50 ABVP men stormed into the campus and started protested against Umar Khalid. The group soon turned abusive and assaulted us.”
A clash broke out between All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists on February 22 in New Delhi over the cancellation of JNU student Umar Khalid’s event at Delhi University’s Ramjas College. Umar Khalid was supposed to speak at the seminar organised by Literary Society of Ramjas College on ‘The War in Adivasi Areas’ on February 21. However, no injuries have been reported so far. Later on February 23, the Delhi Police suspended its three lower rank officials for manhandling media personnel and acting “unprofessionally” to tackle the clashes between the ABVP and AISA members at the North Campus.