A day after police used lathis and water cannons to disperse students protesting against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi University, several woman students complained they were molested and verbally abused by students who tried to stop them from protesting.
Police have received several complaints of harassment and molestation and are looking into the allegations. Students claimed they were molested by “miscreants” and that police personnel at the spot did nothing to stop them. They said policemen looked on while rival groups hurled abuses at them.
Reached for comments, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sindhu Pillai said: “We have received complaints and are looking into it. I was there at the spot with other senior officers. No one reported to me or other senior officials about any such incident. The press was also there right at the spot. We are conducting an inquiry into the complaints.”
Meanwhile, a case of rioting has also been registered against unidentified persons at the Maurice Nagar police station. The FIR states that around 3 pm on Wednesday, more than 100 people marched towards SRCC, protesting against Modi’s visit. It is alleged that students, who had been asked to conduct a peaceful protest, turned violent, broke a barricade and marched towards Gate No. 3 of SRCC.
“Those people used force to break the first barricade. The wooden sticks of placards were used to beat up police officials. A warning was given to protesters and they were asked to withdraw but they continued to be violent. The students managed to march towards the second barricade and water cannon was opened for 30 seconds,” the FIR states.
Accusing the opposition Shiv Sena and BJP of indulging in politics over the drought in Maharashtra, NCP today said the situation cannot be understood by “travelling in expensive cars and helicopters”.
Ridiculing the recent separate visits by Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and MNS chief Raj Thackeray to the drought-affected areas, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik today accused the two leaders of indulging in politics.
Drought was a serious matter, which needed a constructive debate on providing relief to the people, he said.
“Demanding a special session of the legislature for drought has become fashionable. Nothing will come out of it. Why did the opposition not press for discussion during the winter session. It was the government which initiated a debate then,” he said.
“Gravity of the situation cannot be understood by travelling in expensive cars and helicopters,” he said.
Malik also took a dig at Shiv Sena for not fielding a candidate in the recently-held Legislative Council elections, saying it showed that the party had weakened and “does not even trust its own MLAs”.
“It had to withdraw its notice for no-confidence motion in the winter session. The recent by-election, where Congress’s Muzaffar Hussain was a candidate, went uncontested. Shiv Sena did not even put up a candidate against state
Congress president Manikrao Thakre in the Council polls,” he said.