The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishads (ABVP) strike,alleging foulplay in the recent Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls where its rival NSUI emerged victorious,didnt affect classes in most colleges on Monday.
Rupak Kumar,a final-year student of Political Science (Honours) in Kirori Mal College,said there was no disruption,except for a short period in the morning. Around 10 am some students entered our class and asked us to leave the college. They were shouting slogans against the vice-chancellor and DU administration. Classes resumed once they left, he said.
Pooja,a BCom (Honours) student of Kirori Mal,said: We were in class when these students came. But our teacher locked the door and the classes continued.
Security was tight in all the colleges affiliated to DU. The stretch from Chhatra Marg to Kranti Chowk near Ramjas College was kept out of bounds for vehicles for over an hour as precautionary measure to prevent protesters from creating trouble,police said.
DCP (North) S Pillai said: Around 200 personnel,including policewomen,were deployed on the campus. The Chhatra Marg stretch was closed following information that some protesters might try to take the road to enforce the bandh.
She said the strike ended peacefully. There was no report of untoward incident from any college, the officer said.
The ABVP called the strike alleging that the poll results,declared on Saturday,were rigged to favour the NSUI,which won the top three DUSU posts. The ABVP members had hurled stones at the DUSU office,tried to jump barricades and enter the counting centre,forcing police to charged them with lathis.
The ABVP on Monday pasted posters against DUs chief election officer.
Prof C S Dubey said: I am hurt to see the sentiments of some of these students. Instead of engaging in vendetta,they should concentrate on their career and studies.
Some protesters closed Central Library at Arts Faculty for a few hours during the strike. Many students were displeased with this. Parveen,a student of Khalsa College,said: I had urgent work at the library,but police did not allow me in because ABVP activists were holding a dharna outside the gate. When the gate was opened,the protesters closed the library. My whole day was wasted.
The ABVPs presidential candidate Ankit Dhananjay Choudhary,who lost to the NSUI,submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor to hold fresh DUSU elections.