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'Unprecedented rise' of attacks on students of Delhi university by ABVP condemned

Counterview Desk 

A statement, sent as an email alert by "concerned teachers and students of Delhi University", referring to a protest organised against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad's (ABVP's), has alleged “brutal” attack on students and teachers demanding the release of civil rights leader Prof GN Saibaba and others from “unjust incarceration.”
“We are seeing an unprecedented rise of attacks on the students of our university by the fascist ABVP goons. Almost every week we see our fellow students and activists getting attacked physically by the lackeys of this current Brahmanical Hindutva fascist regime”, the statement claimed.

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A joint protest was organised by the students and teachers of Delhi University on 2nd of December against the brutal attack by ABVP goons. On 1st of December, activists of Bhagat Singh Chatra Ekta Manch (bsCEM), Lawyers Against Atrocities (LAA) and many other organisations as a part of Campaign Against State Repression (CASR), a joint forum of more than 30 people’s organisations were campaigning at the Patel Chest area, University of Delhi for an upcoming programme on 5th of December, 2022 ‘Thoughts Criminalised’ demanding the release of Dr. G N Saibaba and others from unjust incarceration.
Various student organisations, which are: AISA, bsCEM, Collective, Disha, DSU, Fraternity, KYS, SIO, SFI, VCF, common students and teachers were present in the protest. We protested inside the university and later on gathered around the Maurice Nagar Police station while demanding immediate arrest. The as usually told us to wait for investigation but as they already have the MLC report of all the students injured were not charging the culprits with appropriate charges.
We are seeing an unprecedented rise of attacks on the students of our university by the fascist ABVP goons. Almost every week we see our fellow students and activists getting attacked physically by the lackeys of this current Brahmanical Hindutva fascist regime. Dissent of our university student community is being dealt with brutal assaults. The university administration and the police remain mute spectators.
They in fact, are in hand in glove with this spectre of attacks orchestrated by BJP-RSS-ABVP likes. Our women comrades are being harassed and abused inside the university campus. This should be seen in a larger context where the current union government led by Hindutva fascists is trying to mould the university spaces across the country in accordance with its interest.
Goons of Akhil Bharathiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of fascist RSS, started to abuse and threaten the activists campaigning. Sensing threat, the activists of bsCEM and other organisations started to leave the place where they were having tea. Without any provocation, they were brutally attacked with bricks, lathis, rods and belts by ABVP.
Activists of bsCEM Baadal and Arhaan, Ehtmam of Lawyers Against Atrocities (LAA) were injured severely. 8-10 other activists of CASR got injured too. Comrades resisted this physical onslaught militantly.
This attack didn’t stop even after they were taken for medical examination to Hindu Rao hospital. In front of the police, around 20-30 goons barged in to the hospital and threatened our comrades that they will attack again. The police did nothing to stop them.
It was Prof. Vikas Gupta of History Department reached the hospital and confronted the ABVP goons. The goons dispersed only after media, lawyers, students and activists started to arrive in large numbers.
This attack on student activists of our university shouldn’t be seen in isolation. They were attacked explicitly for campaigning and demanding the release of our Professor G N Saibaba. In Hissar of Haryana, a student activist belonging to the Progressive Students Front was suspended by the college administration and also kept in detention for a day by the local police for campaigning against unjust incarceration of Dr. G N Saibaba. This attack is broad and political.
The ABVP while attacking students and teachers abused and called Dr GN Saibaba a ‘terrorist
The ABVP while attacking our comrades abused and called Dr. G N Saibaba a ‘terrorist’. Then we as his students will feel proud to be called as ‘terrorists’.
Dr. G N Saibaba, student Hem Mishra, journalist Prashant Rahi, activists Mahesh and Vijay stood against the imperialist plunder of our natural resources. They fought against the genocidal operation green hunt that was waged by the Indian State against the people of Central and Eastern India. Dr. G N Saibaba along with Prof. Hany Babu fought for the proper implementation of reservation policy in our University. If this makes them terrorist, then we are all too.
Condemning the attack various students, teachers and organisations called for a protest at the Arts Faculty at 2PM. The police immediately asked the organisers to call of the protest as 144 section is under implementation and no gathering would be allowed inside the university.
How is that we being the students of this university cannot gather inside our university? Such militarisation and suppression of dissent of students and teachers will not be tolerated anymore. We declare that this our university and we have every right to gather inside the university against the fascist goons and the university administration. This university is ours. Delhi police cannot tell us what we have to do in our university.
We appeal to all students, teachers, employees of university administration to stand in solidarity with us. Let us fight collectively to kick these anti-student, anti-teacher elements from the campus. Let us resist the assaults on our students, teachers and activists militantly.
Our demands:
1. Arrest the goon leaders Rohit Sharma, Rohit Dedha and one Yadav immediately.
2. They must be charged under Section 307 IPC for attempt to murder.
3. They must be charged under Section 354 IPC for sexual harassment and rape threats.

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