Drop cases over anti-Modi protest: DU student groups
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Students and teachers of Delhi University held a protest meeting on Tuesday to condemn the police action during the anti-Narendra Modi protests outside Shri Ram College of Commerce on February 6.
Heavy security was deployed at North Campus to ensure that the protest does not turn violent.
Demanding withdrawal of the case registered against anti-Modi protesters, Shabnam Hasmi, social and political activist who is associated with ANHAD (Act Now for Harmony and Democracy), questioned the need for the deploying police personnel on campus.
A member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Dinesh, said, "We demand that Delhi Police apologise for their excesses and brutality and take back all baseless and intimidatory FIRs against 8 students and 1 teacher following the 6th February incident."
Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sindhu Pillai said: "We had called a meeting of the students' organisations on Monday to sign an undertaking for keeping the (Tuesday) protest peaceful. Members of only two organisations turned up." She said around 120 police personnel were deployed in North Campus on Tuesday.
Student activists said police had called for a similar meeting prior to the February 6 protest, but the police action on the day convinced them that police had not taken their request seriously.
Amit Kumar, Secretary of All India Students' Federation, said, "Most of us felt that there was no point in going for the (Monday) meeting after their crackdown on February 6."
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was at SRCC on February 6 and several students' organisations had protested outside the college. After protesters broke the first barricade, police used force to disperse the crowd.
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