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Delhi Police hot under the collar over Ramjas violence

Some Delhi Police personnel have been accused of assaulting a woman and snatching cameras from mediapersons outside Ramjas College on february 22. In photo: Police officials walk ahead of students holding placards during Tuesday's rally. Photograph: (AFP)

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 28, 2017, 03.29 PM (IST)

Delhi Police had a lot of answering to do on Tuesday as a violent clash at Ramjas College between two student organisations last week degenerated into threats, sexism and name-calling.

A parliamentary body called in the Delhi Police chief to be appraised about steps being taken by them in the wake of the campus violence in Delhi University and the barrage of threats made to an undergraduate student for speaking up against a student organisation linked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party.

Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik told the members of India's Parliament Standing Committee they were surveying the situation and would take action based on the complaint filed by the Delhi University student.

Gurmehar Kaur, the 20-year-old student, had approached the Delhi Commission for Women to complain about alleged rape threats she received for posting a social media comment condemning the right-wing student organisation's role in the Ramjas College violence.

ABVP, a nationalist student organisation, had assaulted Ramjas College students and teachers for inviting two Jawaharlal Nehru University students -- Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid -- to a cultural event.

ABVP has long viewed the JNU duo with suspicion and often accused them of being less patriotic. 

Ultra left-winger Umar Khalid was arrested for sedition last year after he was accused of raising anti-India slogans on the JNU campus. Shehla Rashid is also a fellow left-winger but considered to be more moderate than Khalid.

It was an uneasy day for Delhi Police after National Human Rights Commission issued a notice to them to explain the excesses during the Ramjas College violence.

Delhi Police was blamed for assaulting students outside Ramjas Colleges on February 22. Police have been accused of assaulting a female student and snatching cameras from mediapersons during the campus violence.

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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