Ramjas clash: Delhi Police starts recording statements

New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) The Delhi Police has received as many as 25 complaints regarding the February 22 violence at the Ramjas College here and has begun recording statements of the complainants, an officer said on Thursday.

Probing the clashes between the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA), the police on the day recorded statements of two students, including a girl, of St. Stephen’s College.

“So far we have received 25 complaints alleging assault, molestation etc. We have recorded statements of two students and have called others for the same,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Madhur Verma.

According to the police, the complaints are from activists of the ABVP, AISA and other students.

Testifying before the police, the two alleged they were beaten up by ABVP activists outside Ramjas canteen. The girl claimed she was attacked with stones.

With various student groups taking out protest marches in the aftermath of the clashes, the police have also been in constant touch with authorities of Delhi University colleges to ensure peace.

The clashes, which subsequently snowballed into a major political row, left over a dozen people, including teachers and journalists, injured.

The police registered cases against unknown persons for rioting and assaulting. The investigation was subsequently handed over to the Crime Branch.

On February 22, ABVP activists allegedly clashed with AISA members at Ramjas College over an invitation to JNU student Umar Khalid, who was charged with sedition in 2016 for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans during an event in the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus.