Published On: Thu, Feb 23rd, 2017

Three policemen suspended over Ramjas violence

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday suspended three policemen on charges of assaulting some students and journalists when two student groups clashed at the Ramjas College here a day earlier.

I have asked journalists to give me video footage of the lathi-charge

“We have suspended two Head Constables and a Constable for assualting students and media persons,” Joint Commissioner Dependra Pathak said.

The suspension came after Special Commissioner of Police SBK Singh addressed hundreds of students protesting outside the police headquarters here and promised action against his guilty colleagues.

Singh, the senior most officer in charge of the area in North Campus of Delhi University where the violence occurred on Wednesday, said he was not aware who ordered baton charge at the campus during the clashes between activists of the Leftist All India Students Association (AISA) and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The officer regretted the attack on journalists and students and promised a “fair probe” by the Crime Branch to “punish the guilty”.

“I have asked journalists to give me video footage of the lathi-charge,” he said.

Singh also said that a desk would be set up to receive complaints and the video footage of Wednesday’s incident.

After the officer spoke, students and teachers called off the protest outside the police headquarters which caused traffic snarls for hours in one of the busiest parts of the capital.

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said he had sought a report from the Delhi University.

But the minister refused to speak about the largescale violence at the Ramjas College when ABVP activists first foiled a seminar where a speaker was JNU student Umar Khalid, arrested last year for sedition, and then attacked students and others taking out a protest. Many journalists were also injured.

AISA supporters claimed that police stood mutely when the ABVP went on the rampage.

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