Ramjas College Row: Martyr's Daughter Gurmehar Kaur Compared to Dawood Ibrahim by BJP MP
The political slugfest roiling Delhi University’s North Campus got even more heated after a BJP Member of Parliament compared Gurmehar Kaur to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and junior Home Minister Hansraj Ahir saying that the “police will do their job”.
New Delhi: The political slugfest roiling Delhi University’s North Campus got even more heated after a BJP Member of Parliament compared Gurmehar Kaur to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and junior Home Minister Hansraj Ahir saying that the “police will do their job”.
BJP MP Pratap Simha tweeted a photo on his Twitter account comparing Lady Shri Ram College student Gurmehar Kaur to Dawood Ibrahim.
— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) February 26, 2017
Hansraj Ahir, the Minister of State for Home, also jumped into the fray, telling CNN News18 that he didn’t think there was violence on campus and that students should just study.
Hansraj Ahir told CNN News18 that the police will “do its work” in case anyone raises anti national slogans. “They filed a sedition case last year when anti India slogans were raised in JNU. Even in this case they will do their work.”
Kaur was reacting to the happenings in Ramjas college. Delhi University’s North Campus witnessed bloody scenes last week after a protest march against the RSS-linked Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) turned ugly. The unrest on campus began the previous day. On Tuesday, Ramjas College cancelled a seminar titled ‘Culture of Protest’ for which they had invited Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to speak. This was done after ABVP activists protested against their participation.
Khalid was scheduled to speak in the afternoon on the topic ‘The War in Adivasi Areas’ at the event was organised by the college’s Literary Society. However, the protests began even before he could arrive. Khalid made the news last year when he was booked on charges of sedition alongside fellow research scholar Anirban Bhattacharya and then JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar. The trio was accused of shouting anti-India slogans on the JNU campus.
A video of Tuesday’s events, that has gone viral on social media, shows stones being pelted at the event allegedly by ABVP activists. Professors in Ramjas College had claimed that Khalid was invited due to his “academic credentials”. Police had to cordon off the College.
On Wednesday, a protest march was organized at 1 pm from Ramjas College to Maurice Nagar police station to protest against the ABVP’s actions. The protests were met with violent resistence as the ABVP clashed with agitating students. Journalists covering the event were also manhandled during the chaos.
Gurmehar Kaur, reacting to these events, had taken on the ABVP on Facebook and Twitter. She posted a picture of herself holding up a placard that read, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.”
She soon landed in the eye of a social media storm with allegations that she had received rape threats online.
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