Pune’s Fergusson College principal says complaint bout ‘anti-national’ slogans was a printing mistake

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Fergusson College principal Ravindra Singh Pardeshi has made a U-turn from his earlier statement complaining of anti-national slogans by pro-Left students on the campus during a talk show on Tuesday.

Hours after he wrote to the Pune Police for taking action against those who chanted ‘anti-national’ slogans, Pardeshi now says it was a ‘printing mistake.’

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He told reporters in Pune, “Yesterday, I said that I have talked to a local committee. As a college principal, I am trying so that things go smooth in the college campus. We want to sustain a peaceful environment. There was a printing mistake in the letter. We are making the necessary corrections.”

“I had asked the Pune Police for investigation. If the students are found involved in it then action should be taken. We are requesting the police to investigate it,” he was quoted by news agency ANI.

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Students belong gin to the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and those from the Left organisations had got engaged in a heated argument on Tuesday during a talk organised at the Fergusson College on the topic ‘Truth of JNU.’

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Students belonging to Ambedkarite ideology group, reportedly raised slogans in solidarity with the JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, who had killed himself in Hyderabad Central University campus in January this year.

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