New Delhi: The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday suspended two activists, a day after they were arrested for alleged attacking two AISA supporters on the North Campus of Delhi University.
Condemning the incident, ABVP issued a statement saying that they were against any kind of attack and want to maintain a violence-free atmosphere in the campus.
“After the incident, the members of ABVP held a meeting and decided to suspend two members Prashant Mishra and Vinayak Sharma from the primary membership for violating rules and indulging in violence,” ABVP media convener Saket Bahuguna said in a statement. It also added that they would conduct an internal inquiry and decide the further course of action.
Earlier, AISA activists Raj Singh and Utkarsh Bhardwaj had alleged that they were attacked and an attempt to strangulate them was made by Prashant Mishra and his friends, who followed them while they were returning from Arts Faculty. Utkarsh and Raj claimed that they were attacked by seven-eight people near Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College and strangulated with belts. Police managed to nab two persons — Prashant and Vinayak Sharma — from the spot.
They have been booked under IPC sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and arrested, said a senior police officer. Police are trying to identify the other students who were involved in the alleged attack on the AISA activists.
Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’, which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by ABVP.
Angered by what they say is “stifling of voices,” hundreds of university students and teachers took out a protest march on Tuesday.