No anti-national slogans by students, Pune police tell intelligence dept

Students identifying themselves as ‘Ambedkarites’ and members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had verbal clashes after an event on the JNU row, on Tuesday.

| Pune | Updated: March 26, 2016 5:11 am
JNU, JNU row, JNU protest, ABVP, Fergusson College controversy, anti national slogan, sedition charge, mumbai news ABVP members and ‘Ambedkarite’ students clashed on the Fergusson College campus in Pune on Tuesday. Express

The Pune Police have submitted a report to the state Intelligence Department over the Fergusson College controversy and asserted that no anti-national slogans were raised by students during a brawl between two groups on the campus.

Students identifying themselves as ‘Ambedkarites’ and members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had verbal clashes after an event on the JNU row, on Tuesday.

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Later, principal Ravindrasinh Pardeshi had shot off a letter to the local police and asked for “legal action against the students who raised anti-national slogans”. Afterwards he retracted the letter, saying it was a ‘typographical error’.

According to the police report, the video footage of the incident showed that both sides had raised 29 slogans, including ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Jai Bhim’, ‘ABVP Murdabad’, ‘Manuwad Murdabad’, ‘Hail Kanhaiya Kumar’, ‘Hail Constitution’, ‘Kitne Rohit Maroge, Ghar ghar se Rohit niklega’ among others.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Tushar Doshi said, “We have submitted a report on the incident. After analysis, we didn’t find any anti-national slogan among those raised during the brawl. The report was prepared even before we got the letter from the college principal.”

On Tuesday morning, Alok Singh, ABVP president, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, had been invited to address college students at an event,”Truth of JNU”, on the Kanhaiya Kumar episode. A group of students, claiming affiliation to Left-leaning Ambedkarite organisations in the city, had reached the college campus to counter the ABVP meeting.

Principal Pardeshi said that no permission had been granted to the ABVP delegation to hold the meeting on the campus. However, an ABVP spokesman claimed that the college authorities had told them that since the event involved an informal interaction with Fergusson students, there was no need for a formal nod.

This event had led to a brawl between the two groups.

On Wednesday, NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad was allegedly manhandled on the Fergusson campus on his visit there. A riot squad was deployed and the police stepped in to control the situation.

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