Delhi: Stone-pelting in Ramjas college over Umar Khalid seminar

The college has now cancelled the seminar. Former JNU students’ union president Shehla Rashid was also supposed to speak on Wednesday.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 22, 2017 5:10 pm
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Violent protests broke out at Ramjas College on Tuesday over a seminar where JNU student Umar Khalid was supposed to speak. Khalid was among the students charged with sedition after an event at JNU last year where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised on campus. Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Delhi University Students’ Union gathered outside the college and shouted slogans, demanding that the invite to “anti-nationals” be cancelled.

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Organised by the college’s English department, Khalid had been invited for a seminar on ‘Regions in Conflict’, as his area of research is conflict in Bastar. Professor Vinita Chandra said, “We had been preparing for the annual seminar for the past three-four months. We had permission from the principal. A few minutes before Khalid was supposed to reach, the ruckus at the gates started. We were initially assured by ABVP members in college that the protest would be peaceful.”

“But the protesters called police, who advised the principal to stop the event since there was no security. Teachers and students were pained by this decision. So we took out a peaceful march in the college. That is when the situation turned violent. Protesters started to hurl stones and manhandled teachers and the principal; police had to form a ring to protect us. I have taught in the college for 30 years but have never seen so many police personnel in college or the situation deteriorate so much despite the presence of teachers,” she added.

The college has now cancelled the seminar. Former JNU students’ union president Shehla Rashid was also supposed to speak on Wednesday. Police sources said no prior intimation was received on the seminar. Asked why there was damage to property despite heavy police presence, DCP (north) Jatin Narwal, said, “It was because of police presence that the situation was under control.”

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    Harsh Wadhwa
    Feb 22, 2017 at 6:19 am
    Stone these S*nakes from J*ehadi Nurturing University 😡
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      Pandit Jee
      Feb 22, 2017 at 6:54 am
      JNU ( JIHADI NAXALITE UNIVERSITY )
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        Pandit Jee
        Feb 22, 2017 at 5:47 am
        Try organizing a seminar on women status, or burqa, or wife beating, or 4 wives and instant male authority to replace any wife in three seconds at his will. How about seminar on muslim nuisances all over world. How about a seminar as to why muslim are India when they created a country stan for themselves in 1947. How about a seminar as to why USA is banning muslim to enter usa. How about a seminar as to why a bhudist in Myanmar are throwing muslim to sea. How about a seminar if muslim wants to sleep with 4 women at night as his religion then why muslim spit on same religion and do not accept public flogging, limb chopping. How about a seminar that army be ordered to round up muslim in 4 southern districts of Kashmir and match them to stan as they call themselves and indian army did this in 1947
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          Amit Kumar
          Feb 22, 2017 at 9:58 am
          Why JNU is antinational.
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            Anurag Srivastava
            Feb 22, 2017 at 8:40 am
            JNU should be closed soon.
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              Aslima Nazrin
              Feb 22, 2017 at 5:55 am
              Tolerance and peace are core of any 'true religion'.lt;br/gt; A 'fake religion' is violent and promotes terrorism. It is intolerant and does not grant proper rights to women.
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                Tutu420
                Feb 22, 2017 at 2:54 am
                Now the organizers should be made to pay for the loss of properties. While they are free to call anybody to talk anything, they should have at least some commonsense that calling anti-nationals will definitely instigate crowds.
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                  paban ghosh
                  Feb 22, 2017 at 5:28 am
                  Dear Editor and Pseudo liberal people of India,lt;br/gt; Yesterday, Tarekh Fateh was hackled in an Urdu Lit Fest in Delhi and Taslima Nasreen was denied access in Jaipur Lit Fest. Why do you have different yardstick to measure liberalism and democratic values ? We understand your hidden agenda. Don't divide a country by highlighting nonsensical issue.
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                    Champakbhai
                    Feb 22, 2017 at 11:24 am
                    May be if it is destined these so called freedom believers of free speech will get their wish to speak against India as a nation but may be if they end up succeed in replacing India with another named nation with different consution they may not like free speech against their new named nation. and may prohibit free speech entirely. All these so called free speech advocates are in for their own pority.
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                      Indian First
                      Feb 22, 2017 at 6:40 am
                      Umar Khalid - a fox in disguise, a jihadi student
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                        Swadeshi
                        Feb 22, 2017 at 11:51 am
                        who so ever invited khallid should be sent to saichen for a 1 month crash training on how to love your motherland
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                          Thomas Joseph
                          Feb 22, 2017 at 5:04 am
                          Anti-nationals are not those who destroy property and invoke violence for any opinion/action that does not fit their ideology?
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                            Indian
                            Feb 22, 2017 at 11:53 am
                            Send UMAR to Kashmir to talk to JI-hadis to give up gun culture.
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