As many as 40 Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists led by Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) vice-president Sunny Dedha allegedly vandalised Kirori Mal College (KMC) Principal Dinesh Khattar’s office Tuesday after failing to get permission to host an event on the college premises.
An FIR was later registered against Dedha and others at the Maurice Nagar police station.
“An FIR has been registered against Sunny Dedha and several unnamed persons under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. The investigation is underway,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Madhur Verma.
Khattar said that Dedha had been seeking permission for the event since a few days.
“Dedha had been visiting my office for two-three days, asking for permission to hold a cultural event on the college ground, in the beginning of March. I had refused, saying that the ground was being renovated and he should ask other colleges for permission to hold the event, but he refused to budge. Today, he refused to take no for an answer and started vandalising my office,” said Khattar.
“I had called him at 2 pm, so that I could get him to meet other faculty members, with whose consensus the decision was taken that the college ground would not be given for the event. We tried to explain this to him, but Dedha and the others broke several things in my room including a glass top table, chairs, a printer and even clay pots. I immediately informed the police,” he added.
Pramod Shastri, the director of physical education who said he was present during the incident, said “All the grass in our ground has been burnt, so we are not allowing any activities there. Even college students are not being allowed to hold events… why does a DUSU event have to be held on college premises?”
However, Dedha claimed that he had had an argument with Khattar and the others, but he and his fellow ABVP activists had not indulged in any kind of vandalism. “Nobody broke anything or even touched any item. We were simply asking the principal why he could not renovate the grounds later and give it to us for our event in March. There was a quarrel over that and we left,” he said.
Dedha added, “This was my second visit to the college and that too only because the principal asked me to come. I am not mad that I will go there again on my own. There are several colleges that we can approach for our event”.