Just as the Prime Minister began his speech at the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University on Friday, a student stood up from the audience and started raising the slogan ‘Narendra Modi go back’.
Taken aback, Modi stopped for a few moments before continuing with his speech which lasted for over 30 minutes. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and university Vice-Chancellor R C Sobti looked on with surprise from the stage, as the student was joined by two others, all raising the same slogans.
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It turned out that Ram Karan Nirmal, a Dalit who has completed an LLM in Human Rights from the university, was protesting against the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula.
‘Rohith hum sharminda hain, Dronachanrya abhi zinda hai (Rohith, we are ashamed that Dronacharya is still alive’)’, was the other slogan the group raised before they were overpowered by security personnel.
V-C Prof Sobti said, “Nirmal has completed his LLM and had come to accept his degree. The university cannot take action against a student who has graduated. It is democracy.”
While the proctor at the university said Nirmal was taken away by police, officers at the local Aashiana station denied having detained any student from the university.