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Clash between ABVP and DU teachers at Daulat Ram college

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 08 August 2016, 10:33 PM
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A clash broke out between members of ABVP and a group of Delhi University teachers when they were protesting at Daulat Ram college demanding better infrastructure and facilities.

According to Delhi University Teachers' Association, members of BJP's student wing ABVP led by Satender Awana, president of DU's student union, allegedly attacked the teachers and started abusing them, a charge denied by Awana. The two groups have also filed police complaints of verbal abuse and misbehaviour against each other.

"The two groups were protesting at the VC office when they had a verbal argument. Local police was present there and controlled the situation.

ABVP in its complaint has alleged that some of people present in the protest raised anti-India slogans with regard to Kashmir while DUTA alleged that ABVP members called them Naxals," a senior police official said.

"Awana jumped the gate and started shouting that the teachers are supporters of Kanhaiya, shout pro-Pakistan slogans and support Azadi in Kashmir. When the teachers protested his allegations he started catching them by their collar and repeated the absurd statements," a DUTA statement said.

"Awana also abused DUTA president Nandita Narain with extremely objectionable language and called her a Naxal. We want an exemplary action be taken by university authorities to prevent further recurrence of such acts of violence and lumpenism," it added.
Awana dismissed the allegations as baseless and claimed they protesting along with students to highlight the problems at Daulat Ram College.

"At VC office, the DUTA came suddenly and started saying that we are politicising the issue. There were people among them who were also present in the JNU videos but the moment I pointed at them, they escaped in the crowd. Some raised anti-national slogans," he claimed. Police officials said cross complaints have been recieved and the matter is being looked into.