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Gwalior: BJYM activists disrupt seminar addressed by JNU professor

JNU associate professor Vivek Kumar was speaking at the seminar when a group of BJYM activists led by its district president Vivek Sharma stormed the venue and demanded that the seminar be called off.

Members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) disrupted a seminar organised by Ambedkar Vichar Manch in Gwalior amid exchange of blows.

The BJP had called for a “dhikkar diwas’’ (condemnation day) across Madhya Pradesh Sunday to protest against alleged anti-national activities at JNU and the support extended by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

JNU associate professor Vivek Kumar was speaking at the seminar when a group of BJYM activists led by its district president Vivek Sharma stormed the venue and demanded that the seminar be called off, saying it might vitiate the atmosphere in the city. The BJYM activists reportedly beat up some organisers with sticks and at least one of them fired in the air. The police said it was not clear who fired.

Initially, the police refused to lodge an FIR against the activists but the organisers stopped vehicles, causing a traffic jam. Some vehicles were damaged.

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The police eventually filed an FIR on a complaint from Dinesh Mourya, the district president of an SC/ST body, against Sharma and 30 others. A counter complaint was also being filed against the organisers for allegedly attacking BJYM activists.

Gwalior BJP chief Devesh Sharma said that BJYM activists stormed the venue after hearing “anti-India and pro-Afzal Guru’’ slogans. Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia termed the incident “a conspiracy to destroy peace in the state”.

First published on: 22-02-2016 at 02:40 IST
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