Journalism students at an institute in Pune have reported been warned of dire consequences if they invited the JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar for a discussion.
Quoting local police, the news agency PTI reported that the threats had come from a suspected BJP’s youth wing worker.
A non-cognisable offence has been registered against one Omkar Kadam, who is believed to be a worker of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), after a complaint was lodged against him by students of Ranade Institute last evening, an official attached with Deccan Gymkhana police station said.
As per the complaint, Kadam went to the institute last evening and threatened the students with “dire consequences” that if they invite Kanhaiya to the campus, they (students) will be “beaten up,” he said.
Kadam also advised the students to go to Delhi to hear Kanhaiya, police said, adding preventive action would be take against the accused.
“There were no plans to invite Kanhaiya; however, following the threat, we would like to invite him to hear his version of JNU incidents, the way we heard Alok Singh, JNU’s ABVP president on Tuesday during an informal discussion on ‘Truth of JNU’,” said one of the students.
Ranade Institute is the journalism college of Savitribai Phule Pune University.