July 3, 2016 3:21:18 am
A day after a student from Deshbandhu College was allegedly beaten up by ABVP members including BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri’s son Himanshu Bidhuri, student organisations such as AISA and CYSS held a protest outside Delhi Police headquarters, demanding the registration of an FIR against the alleged attackers.
AAP also targeted Delhi Police over the issue, claiming no action has been taken as one of those involved is the “son of an MP”.
“When our representatives went to meet police, a senior officer said an FIR will only be lodged after further investigation by doctors. What does that even mean? FIR is the right of the victim,” said Sunny Kumar, vice- president, AISA, Delhi.
Abhinav Kumar, a student from the Deshbandhu Discussion Forum, was allegedly beaten up after he refused to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.
Kumar told The Indian Express, “I was helping students with admission-related queries when ABVP member Rajat Chaudhary asked me to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. When I told him to let me to my work, he started abusing me…”
He claimed Chaudhary and Himanshu had led the group of men who had beaten him up.
Kumar, a member of All India Students Association (AISA), said he had sustained serious injuries in his left ear after the attack.
However, ABVP national media co-ordinator Saket Bahuguna said he had not heard about any such incident. “It smells of a conspiracy to deliberately malign the image of an organisation before DUSU elections… if such an incident has taken place, the students should complain to police,” he said.
Chaudhary’s phone was switched off and he could not be reached despite repeated attempts.
BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri said his son had nothing to do with the incident. “My son was not involved in beating anyone up. He reached college after the incident … AISA is trying to play politics by using my name and dragging my son into this, because I am a BJP MP,” he said.
The AAP Saturday alleged that Delhi Police had not taken any action due to political pressure.
“The accused is the son of an MP and police are under political pressure, which is why no action has been taken,” said AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey. “Is BJP giving a message to its members that nothing will happen to them even if they attack others and indulge in hooliganism,” he asked.
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