In an alleged police crackdown, Occupy UGC protesters were picked up in the wee hours of the morning on Friday by RAF commandos from the UGC premises and taken to Bhalswa Dairy police station, around 20 km from the protest site.
Around 100 students from various universities who have camped there since Wednesday protesting against the discontinuation of the non NET scholarship for research scholars, said around 200 RAF personnel “forcibly picked them up when they were asleep” around 6 am, put them in buses and took them to the police station.
“We had just about lied down and gone to sleep around 4.30 am or so when there was a sudden crackdown on us. We didn’t even know where we were being taken till we reached. Why did they have to take us 20 km away to the outskirts?” said AISA national president Sucheta De.
Students say activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) who had until now kept away from the protest, showed up at the UGC office around 12.45 am and stayed put outside, but were not touched by the RAF squad.
“They had mobilised more than 50 people who were abusing and fighting with the protestors at UGC in an attempt to sabotage the protest. The police was meekly helping them and even told them to move away before they cracked down on us, ” said De.
ABVP state secretary Saket Bahuguna however said the first provocation was from the other side following which some some minor scuffle took place. “There was some issue but it died soon. Some of our people were also picked up although most of us managed to escape,” he said.
While the 100 odd protesters are still detained at the police station, the rest have decided to protest the police crackdown. A protest has been planned in front of UGC in the morning, and at Jantar Mantar in the evening on Friday. ABVP too will protest outside UGC in the afternoon.