Kolkata: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest against JNU’s Umar Khalid’s visit to Kolkata on Saturday.
The ABVP members staged a protest at the Central Avenue – Bowbazaar crossing against Umar Khalid’s visit to Kolkata.
Earlier, students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University organised an event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was hanged in 2013. This was to be done the day after Guru’s third death anniversary.
The event organisers had pasted posters across the campus inviting students to gather for a protest march against “judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat” and in solidarity with the “struggle” of Kashmiri migrants at the Sabarmati dhaba in the campus.
The programme called “A country without a post office — against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt”, was supposed to showcase the protest through poetry, art and music.
This set off the row, with the Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staging a protest to demand expulsion of the organisers.
The university administration ordered a “disciplinary” enquiry and said the event organisers “went ahead without permission.”
ABVP members alleged that the protest march consisted of students shouting ‘anti-India’ slogans. A purported video from the event shows students shouting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans. Students in the video are heard saying slogans like: “Kashmir ki azai tak bharat ki azadi tak, janh rahegi jari”.
JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges after allegations of ‘anti-national’ sloganeering against him surfaced. He was ordered to three days of police custody.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) later on rusticated three students, including Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid, in connection with the February 9 event on campus where “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised. The university also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar.
According to orders issued by the chief proctor’s office, Anirban has been rusticated till July 15 while Umar has been rusticated for one semester. He has also been fined Rs 20,000. Anirban has been given nine days to submit his PhD thesis, following which he will be declared “out of bounds from the entire JNU campus” from July 25 onwards.