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Indian University students get beaten up and the police does nothing

A second year BA student of Delhi University tells a story of some events in his university. For the past couple of days there has been a disturbance at his university.

The event took place after an invitation was given to Umar Khalid, a Jawaharlal Nehru University PhD student, to speak on the topic of Bastar, a district of the state of Chhattisgarh in central India, in which he has written a PhD.

However, some protesters started a disturbance in the university and the student says that the police did absolute nothing to stop the disruption.

The Ramjas College of Delhi University authorities said they had to cancel the seminar, titled “Culture of Protest” in view of security concerns. After the cancellation, students landed outside the literature department conference hall to protest. There was a clash between this group and the All India Student Council protestors, with both groups shouting slogans at each other. Yogit Rathi said, “We just wanted college administration to check their identity cards. They were not from our college.”

As the police reached the venue, the students who had come from JNU to attend the event – many of them belonging to the Left students’ union SFI – gathered at a conference hall and later held a march against the police and the college authorities.

In a Facebook post, Mr Khalid, who had not reached the college when the protests started, said, “Now, Delhi Police tells the organizers (students and teachers of Ramjas College) that it will not protect me, or the organisers from any attack by All India Student Council. And according to the Delhi Police, organisers will be held responsible for any violence by All India Student Council. Wow! Such is the state of democracy in our country.”

In a later post, he said, the All India Students Council students surrounded the seminar room and locked students and teachers inside.

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