Ahead of Modi’s visit to BHU, 2 seek permission to show black flags to PM, held

The Dalit leader said BVM workers will stage a protest during the PM's visit even though were not granted permission.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:12 am
narendra modi, banaras hindu university, modi bhu visit, modi bhu visit protest, rohith vemula suicide, Bharatiya Vidyarthi Morcha, varanasi news, lucknow news, india news, latest news A poster asks people to reach BHU to raise voice against the Modi government over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula of Hyderabad University. (Express photo)

Two Dalit youths representing Bharatiya Vidyarthi Morcha (BVM), a youth wing of Bharat Mukti Morcha, were arrested on Thursday on charges of breaching peace when they met the Varanasi district magistrate and asked for permission to raise black flags during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus on February 22.

The BVM, which is associated with All India Backward, and Minorities Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF), had called for the black flag protest over the suicide of Dalit research scholar of Hyderabad University Rohith Vemula.

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BVM national in-charge Vilas Kharat and UP working president Vijay Pratap Bharatiya met DM Rajmani Yadav at his office on Thursday morning and submitted a letter seeking permission to hold “peaceful protest” during PM’s visit for BHU’s 98th convocation. The DM immediately called the police, who arrested Vilas and Vijay under Section 151 of CrPC (apprehension of breach of peace), said Cantonment station officer Ratan Singh Yadav.

The duo were later produced before the Sub-Divisional Magistrate court and released on a personal bond of Rs one lakh each.

“Our protest is on the issue of Rohith Vemula being killed through a conspiracy hatched by two Union ministers, Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya. We wanted to give a memorandum to the PM seeking action against both,” Vilas claimed.

“SC/ST students are facing harassment on the BHU campus too. We wanted to seek action against BHU authorities because a research scholar Pokhraj Meena is facing caste atrocities there,” he added.

The BVM chief, who belongs to Maharashtra and works for the organisation from Delhi, said he was asked by the DM as to why he had come to BHU to protest. “I told him why the administration did not ask the same question when Modi came to Varanasi to contest elections even though his home state is Gujarat,” Vilas said.

The Dalit leader said BVM workers will stage a protest during the PM’s visit even though were not granted permission.

Vilas had circulated a poster on social networking site Facebook inviting massed to reach Varanasi on February 22 to show black flags to PM Modi. “A large number of youth will reach Varanasi to protest at BHU gate on Monday,” he claimed.

Varanasi district administration is on high alert since Modi had faced protest on the Rohith issue last month during convocation at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University.

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First Published on: February 19, 2016 12:40 am
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    Babu
    Feb 19, 2016 at 3:16 am
    You dalit are more responsible for your misfortune if you want justice unite with Muslim and declare these 30% upper cast hundu untouchable and treat them same way they are treating you for thousands of years
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      MyTake
      Feb 19, 2016 at 4:23 am
      Does India really wants to produce leftists by giving subsidies is the question India needs to find answer.
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        MyTake
        Feb 19, 2016 at 4:21 am
        Taking herald case to its logical conclusion will take wind out of criminal sail and solve lots of these problems in coming days.
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          MyTake
          Feb 19, 2016 at 4:14 am
          This vote bank cl have skewed view of democracy and democratic rights! Where they are getting this education? Borrowing ideas from Kim Jong Un of North Korea?
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            MyTake
            Feb 19, 2016 at 4:17 am
            (The DM immediately called the police, who arrested Vilas and Vijay under Section 151 of CrPC (apprehension of breach of peace), said Cantonment station officer Ratan Singh Yadav.) Good move. Better to root them out before they end working for ISIS offshoot branch. Terrorists always use democracy as cover to get foothold before they get things going as per their liking.
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              MyTake
              Feb 19, 2016 at 4:10 am
              There has to be enough of mocking by this mob. Modi really need to think about ways to give them some job worthy skill so they find better things in life to keep themselves busy with. No point enjoying freebies and protesting - get their a s s e s moving and working! What about creating a Dalit Skill Bank where employer will give extra preference to draw from this skill bank? That will be better than having Dalit Vote Bank who mostly end up singing Pak song after enjoying freebies all their life!
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                Rohith
                Feb 18, 2016 at 11:17 pm
                Why were they arrested even when they asked permission? Does it mean protest is banned? Or does the brahmanvadi dictator not like being questionned?
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                  Varun
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm
                  Good move . Arrest all those who protest against BJP Govt and poor modijee. We must not tolerate any criticism of our dear PM who is working hard 19 hours a day trying to transform the nation.
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                    Anand
                    Feb 19, 2016 at 4:28 am
                    Also may I add that now there is a trend with dalit organisations to go with muslim outfits which also indulge in anti national activities....recently, deceased student rohith's entire family was seen in a rally conducted by muslim league in kerala.... what was that connection????
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                      Anand
                      Feb 19, 2016 at 4:24 am
                      And why suddenly they have woken up after so many years and protesting?What did other sickular parties and con party do to uplift dalits?So this is simply modi bashing and nothing else....you guys should remember that there are laws for dalits to seek acceptability in the society...there are many dalits who well positioned in govt/pvt sectors.....so rather than engaging in modi bashing....try to grab those opportunities and be a part of the main stream.....
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                        Barb Dewyre
                        Feb 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm
                        Is there any further proof required that we are living in a fascist state where we have no right to protest?
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                          iftiindian
                          Feb 19, 2016 at 3:48 am
                          For thousands of years a minority Hindu so called Brahman,pushed 90%indigenous peoples to inhuman conditions and declared them untouchable not only this they made them their slave. But now they are awaken this what is not getting well for RSS which is trying to perpetuate the inhuman condition of Dalit so that they think that Dalits are born unfortunate.
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                            iftiindian
                            Feb 19, 2016 at 2:46 am
                            In this country if you are Dalit or minorities you have no right even to protest peacefully on the other hand Sanghis have every right to thrash,conducting riots and abuse any political dissent. You perhaps do not know that how Modi reached to this stage,for this he had to cross a river of blood by conducting genocide in Gujarat in 2002. Chaddian think that minorities and Dalit's awaking will be nightmare for them this is the reason they are trying to subjugate Dalits and minorities.
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                              JM
                              Feb 19, 2016 at 1:28 am
                              Someone went to an administrator and asked permission to protest. Police was called and he was arrested. Are we living in North Korea? Then we must change this modi's name to some Kim or Jung.
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                                madan gupta
                                Feb 19, 2016 at 1:07 am
                                मारो, नो आपाल नो दलील. कोई देश द्रोही जिंदा ना रहे.
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                                  Raj
                                  Feb 19, 2016 at 12:51 am
                                  Are these real scholars, they do not work as all their bills are paid by govt. It is funny people who are protesting do not want to work for living. Biggest joke
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                                    ram
                                    Feb 19, 2016 at 12:10 am
                                    for heaven sake please stop this Dalit Drama....... there is enough priviledges for you guys to stand up on your feet.......its a humble request!
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                                      SKC
                                      Feb 19, 2016 at 1:25 am
                                      Is this jock...putting up request for peaceful potest is a criminal act. Abvp goons, sanghi chaddis using voilence is pariotic act....shameful.
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                                        kj kj
                                        Feb 19, 2016 at 5:48 am
                                        Bjp is not that bad as cong.cong rule was the worst
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                                          Citizen
                                          Feb 19, 2016 at 3:25 am
                                          Are they paid by some one to tarnish the image of the nation and PM??? Other wise why that useless Dalit tail for any one??? If we have the great rule book why so many amendments??? Is it because the rule book is riddled with so many loop s???: or our neo politicians glorified the guy as dalit who died as Buddhist for their own selfish reasons??? and today pressutes use this term so frequently just foment the division of the society for their own ratings??? Let us p a law to ban certain words from our national usage to unite the society. Jaihind
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                                            Indian
                                            Feb 19, 2016 at 5:35 am
                                            The MU-SLIM RULERS of India and BRITISH also emplo the UPPER CASTE HI-NDUS and not the DALITS. ................... Let an AAM MU-SLIM try seeking the hand of DAUGHTER of a SAY MUSLIM and see how IS-LAMIC CASTE SYSTEM kicks in. ........... MU-SLIMS somehow wants to take back India to OLD MU-SLIMS ways as seen in AFPAK, SYRIA, YEMEN, IRAQ etc and are desperately trying to DIVIDE HIN-DUS.
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