Police lathicharge at ABVP rally in DU, 9 protesters hurt

Nine protesters were injured in police lathicharge outside Delhi University vice chancellor’s office in North Campus, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad claimed.

The student outfit had led the protest on Friday firing a volley of demands, which included restarting special chance and supplementary exams, starting evening colleges, building new hostels, ensuring glitch-free access to sports stadiums, and getting AICTE approval for BTech courses.

“Eight of the injured students are admitted to the Hindu Rao hospital, while one was taken to the DU Health Centre. Three-four students were also detained by the police,” Delhi State Secretary, Saket Bahuguna, said.

He added that DUSU Vice President Parvesh Malik and Joint Secretary Ashutosh Mathur were amongst those who were badly injured.

“We strongly condemn the police action on the students. This university is not the fiefdom of the vice chancellor who imposes anti-student policies on students and also uses police as a means to suppress democratic voice of the students,” Bahuguna said.
Police said they used mild lathicharge and water cannons to haul away protesters who broke past the barricades nears the VC office.

ABVP-led Delhi University Students’ Union claimed that the protest was organised against DU administration’s reticence to address their long pending demands.

DUSU president Mohit Nagar said, “The issues raised by the student outfit were its major planks in last year’s DUSU elections.”  

“ABVP and DUSU held a massive rally against the DU administration on its eight-point agenda. Nearly four thousand students gathered at the Arts Faculty for the rally which was addressed by ABVP functionaries and DUSU office bearers,” he added.

The protest from the BJP-backed student outfit comes days after the Union Human Resource Ministry issued a show cause notice to the DU VC Dinesh Singh asking him to explain the circumstances under which he had introduced the controversial four-year undergraduate programme.

The FYUP was rolled back after the NDA-government entered office and following UGC pressure to do away with it.

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