ABVP,Left members clash at venue of Saibaba meeting in Delhi University

ABVP members tried to cross barricades put up by police to separate the two groups.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 21, 2013 12:51 am

A meeting in Delhi University,called to protest the police raid at the house of professor G N Saibaba,was disrupted by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad who clashed with students affiliated to Left unions.

ABVP members tried to cross barricades put up by police to separate the two groups.

Later,several ABVP members were detained.

The clash between the two groups comes days after they marched together to the Vice-Chancellor’s office demanding accommodation for students.

Last week,police had searched professor Saibaba’s house for alleged links with Maoists.

The meeting today was held amid heavy police cover at the Faculty of Arts.

It was attended,among others,by Aam Aadmi Party member Prashant Bhushan,activists Shabnam Hasmi and Arundhati Roy.

“The university is a space where you give voice to the country’s conscience…The university has been turned into a police garrison,” Delhi University Teachers’ Association president Nandita Narain said.

Criticising the police action at Saibaba’s house,Arundhati Roy said,“Fifty policemen entered his house. Even students and professors who had gathered outside were not allowed to enter. They got two illiterate people to sign the seizure memo… We cannot allow them (police) to take Saibaba out of Delhi… Operation Green Hunt has come to us.”

The meeting was organised a day after historian Romila Thapar and economist Jayati Ghosh,among others,wrote an open letter backing Saibaba.

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