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Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid’s Ramjas College visit – Pitched battle between ABVP, AISA

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New Delhi: Pitched battles were fought between the BJP’s student body ABVP and students of Delhi University, a day after the invitation to Umar Khalid and ex Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students Union known as JNUSU secretary Shehla Rashid was cancelled.

Both the left leaning students of the JNU were invited to Ramjas College. But the invitation was cancelled following protests by right leaning students’ body ABVP.

In the year 2016, several JNU student leaders including Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid were arrested and charged with sedition. They were released after being kept in police custody for weeks when nation-wide protests were organized in their support.

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Latest reports suggest that ABVP activists were taking out a protest march in the college premises when it turned violent and clashes took place between them and AISA members.

The two left leaning student leaders, who have emerged as known left faces in the country, were invited to speak at a seminar in Ramjas College on Tuesday but their visit was cancelled after ABVP and DUSU members gathered outside the college gate and shouted slogans against them. There were also allegations of the protesters using violent methods like stone pelting.

The decision of the college authorities to cancel the visit didn’t go down well with the left students and teachers of the college. They were agitated over the college’s decision to ‘bow down’ to “threat to freedom of speech” had decided to march to Maurice Nagar police station calling for action against ABVP members for resorting to vandalism. During the clash, AISA members tried to barge inside the premises to ‘rescue the captives’. An AISA member said, “The students have been locked inside and those trying to come out were beaten up by ABVP goons. We tried to barge in inside the college to rescue the students but they are attacking us as well. They have come prepared with hockey sticks.”

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