Delhi Police on Thursday said that three cops had been identified and placed under suspension for high-handedness with media persons and students in Ramjas College incident yesterday.
This came after a senior Delhi Police official today acknowledged the personnel handled the clashes in an “unprofessional” manner.
The agitating students have demanded that multiple FIRs be registered on the basis of complaints filed by injured students and teachers.
Ramjas College had turned into a battleground yesterday as students of Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP armed with hockey sticks rained blows on each other, causing injuries to many.
The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid, facing sedition charge, and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.
A few policemen and journalists were also roughed up yesterday during the violence after students from DU and JNU gathered outside the college to hold a protest march against ABVP’s threat to call off the seminar.
They were demanding action against the ABVP members, who had allegedly heckled and thrown stones at students gathered for a seminar at a conference hall where Umar Khalid was invited to speak.
Before the march could take off, ABVP members reached the spot and clashed with the demonstrators despite heavy police deployment.
Almost a dozen students and four journalists were injured in the clashes. Journalists who were victims of the violence unleashed by the ABVP members included Catch News’s Aditya Menon and Vishakh Unnikrishnan, Heena Kausar of Hindustan Times and Taruni Kumar of The Quint.
ABVP members were, however, kind to their ‘own’ journalists as they reportedly welcomed the arrivals of Zee News’s crew. Aditya said that there was a sense of excitement as soon as the reporter from Zee News arrived at the spot.
Some ABVP workers were heard saying, “Hamaray waalay aa gaye (Our own journalists have arrived now).”
(With agencies inputs)