On Delhi University Students’ Union polls eve, violence video leads to police case
The purported violence led to a blame game between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI)
Two days before the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls on September 22, purported incidents of violence on DU college campuses led to the Delhi Police on Wednesday filing a first information report (FIR) in connection, but said that it is still a matter of investigation whether the case was related to violence on campus.
Jitendra Meena, deputy commissioner of police (northwest), said, “We had received a complaint about an incident where a car was smashed. We have registered an FIR although at this point, I cannot say if it’s related to DUSU elections or not.”
Meanwhile, the purported violence led to a blame game between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).
HT could not independently verify the authenticity of video clips circulated on social media.
In a written statement, ABVP said that NSUI was involved in incidents of violence and had involved outsiders in the election campaign. “Disturbing evidence, including videos and eyewitness accounts, has come to light, painting a troubling picture of violence and intimidation perpetrated by these outsiders,” said ABVP.
NSUI, meanwhile, said that ABVP was spoiling the atmosphere by indulging in indiscipline and hooliganism. “ABVP goons continuously harassed students and girl students are being abused and molested and an atmosphere of fear is being created in the campus of Delhi University,” said NSUI.
Chandra Shekhar, chief election officer, said, “I have not officially received any complaint. The videos of incidents being talked about did not take place inside any college on the campus. If the incidents would have taken place inside the college, principals are supposed to take stern action and they would have taken action,” said Shekhar.
He added that election campaigning ends at 8:30am on Thursday.