Several students and teachers protested outside Delhi University’s Arts Faculty Saturday even as a seminar on Ram Janmabhoomi was underway inside the premises. Police said minor clashes broke out as students got into a scuffle with the officers, following which 15 students were detained.
“We had employed adequate staff of local police and two companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force at the spot. During the scuffle, 15 students from AISA (All India Students’ Association) and NSUI (National Students’ Union of India) were detained and taken to Maurice Nagar police station. They were later let off,” said a senior officer.
Student groups such as the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), Pinjratod and the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), and teacher groups such as the Democratic Teachers’ Forum (DTF) also participated in the protest.
“The level of deployment that we saw today proved that the Centre is supporting the seminar. If the university said it gave the venue without knowing about the topic, it also means that there must be pressure from above. Subramanian Swamy’s lecture proved our point that this was propaganda and not an academic lecture” said Abha Dev Habib from the DTF.
Members of Pinjratod organised a “die-in” in which about 20 group members covered themselves with a white cloth splattered with fake blood and lay down on the road pretending
to be dead.