Varsity students’ unions agitate against ABVP for starting trouble on campus

  • | Friday | 3rd November, 2023

Pune: Several students unions gathered on Savitribai Phule Pune Universitys campus and rallied against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday for inciting violence on Wednesday during a peaceful registration drive held by the Students Federation of India (SFI), The fracas led to injuries and cross-complaints. SFI member Pranita Udamale said that they had taken permission from the university, and had put up registration desks for students. We were sharing our ideology with those who came to us when some students from ABVP arrived and started shouting at us. They tried to take away the book which had the names of the registered students, and when we protested, they tore our posters. They demanded our permission letter when they had no authority. They should have complained to the universitys security department. Instead, they abused us, pushed women and beat up some of us. They started the fracas, she added.Somnath Nirmal, state president of SFI and a PhD student at SPPU, said that different organisations came together on Thursday for a registration drive and they marched towards the main building to tell university officials to conduct an enquiry and take action against the guilty. The university officials will submit the report within a week. They can check the CCTV camera footage and the videos which show the ABVP students intent on causing trouble. We did not forcefully register anyone. Students who want to join us will be repelled if we use force, Nirmal added.ABVP students that TOI reached out to said that they had protested against the SFI registration drive because it was forcefully registering students. When we protested, they started beating us up, a member of ABVP said.Cross-complaints under IPC section 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and IPC sections related to rioting were registered by both groups of students. There were simple injuries on both sides, a Chatushrungi police officer said.The rally was attended by National Students Union of India, Youth Congress, Yukrand, New Socialist Alternative, Nationalist Students Congress (Sharad Pawar), Nationalist Students Congress (Ajit Pawar), Vanchit Bahujan Yuva Aghadi, Samyak Vidyarthi Andolan, Bharatiya Vidyarthi Morcha, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Post Graduate Students Association, Republican Vidyartthi Parishad, Dalit Panther,Yuvasena, Lokayat, Republican Vidyarthi Sena, Vidyapeeth Vidyarthi Sangharsh Kruti Samiti and others. We also published the following articles recentlyAnti-Jew messages: Cornell University students afraid to sleep in their rooms, leave campusCornell University students have expressed fear and concern after anonymous online threats targeting Jews were posted on a fraternity and sorority forum. The threats coincided with a rise in antisemitic comments on social media due to the Israel-Hamas conflict. Some students have left campus due to the alarming nature of the threats, with worries about their safety. New York Governor Kathy Hochul visited the universitys Center for Jewish Living and assured that state police would work to identify and take action against those responsible. The Cornell University Police Department is investigating the matter with the help of the FBI.Stanford University slammed by alumni, students for failing to condemn Hamas attack against IsraelStanford University leadership is facing criticism for not condemning the Hamas attacks on Israel and recent acts of antisemitism on campus. Over 1,400 people have signed an open letter urging the interim President and Provost to take action. Similar concerns have been raised at other universities, with donors and alumni demanding leadership changes at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. The letter calls for unequivocal condemnation of antisemitism and the Hamas attack, as well as concrete measures to ensure the safety of Jewish and Israeli students, faculty, and staff.Who is Patrick Dai, Cornell University student accused of threatening Jewish peers?A Cornell University student, Patrick Dai, has been arrested for making violent threats against Jewish students. He allegedly posted online threats suggesting harm to Jewish students and mentioned bringing an assault rifle to campus. Dai admitted to the allegations when confronted by authorities. The posts threatened to harm Jewish students in various ways, including stabbing, slitting throats, and beheading. Dais parents believe his depression may be connected to the situation. Cornell University condemns the threats and appreciates the FBIs apprehension of the suspect. Dai faces charges for posting threats and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

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