Several Delhi University students campaigning for professor GN Saibaba’s release and four others were allegedly beaten up by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members on December 1 around 4 pm.
The incident took place during a protest organized by Bhagat Singh Chhatra Ekta Manch (BSCEM). Students from the Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) were campaigning on the DU campus when they were allegedly attacked with stones first, then with lathis, reports said.
Ravinder Singh, a final-year law student and the incumbent president of Bhagat Singh Chatra Ekta Manch, said around 10 to 12 students were holding a campaign to spread awareness about GN Saibaba’s unjust incarceration.
Out of the blue, 40–50 ABVP students attacked them with lathis. Many students were injured, he added. Protestor Rajveer said his friend was hit with a brick, while another was pinned down and beaten up.
The injured students were immediately rushed to the Hindu Rao Hospital. The students who were seeking treatment at the hospital allege that 40 to 50 people also surrounded the hospital and threatened them.
Ehtmam, a law graduate from Jamia Millia Islamia who was a part of the campaign, claimed that ABVP said that if they step out of the hospital, they will attack them again. This threat was given in front of police officials, he stated.
Ravinder said that while some of the alleged attackers had the Aam Aadmi Party’s flag tied to their knees, he was certain that they all were from the ABVP.
Both parties accused each other of initiating the brawl. The ABVP has filed a complaint against the students at the Maurice Nagar Police Station. However, there is no immediate action from the police.
In the meantime, the ABVP said that the group mistreated a female ABVP activist and got into a physical altercation with some of its members.
Professor GN Saibaba was arrested owing to allegations of being linked to Maoists.