Ramjas College Violence: NHRC issues notice to Delhi police


New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday has issued a notice to the Delhi Police over alleged use of excessive force during clashes outside Ramjas College in Delhi University on February 22. The Commission also said some journalists were allegedly slapped, punched and kicked by the police personnel.

As per sources, the police have been given four weeks to submit a detailed report about the incident.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students and teachers of Aligarh Muslim University held a public meeting and a march on Tuesday in protest against stifling of voices on campuses across the country.

Eminent historian and retired professor of AMU Irfan Habib attended the meeting. Habib said that the Ramjas College incident was a new low in the narrative of threat to free speech, democracy and the right to protest in today’s India.

The fiasco began on February 21 when a seminar had to be cancelled after members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) protested against the participation of Jawaharlal Nehru University students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid Shora. Clashes broke out the following day between the members of All India Students Association and ABVP at Ramjas College.

While several people were injured in the clashes on February 22, some protesters had claimed that the police had assaulted them.

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