India: Delhi's Ramjas College cancels invite to JNU student Umar Khalid after protests turn violent

File photo of JNU student Umar Khalid. Photograph:( Facebook )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 21, 2017, 05.04 PM (IST)

Delhi University’s Ramjas College on Tuesday called off a seminar after members from the students’ union protested the participation of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid. Khalid was booked for sedition last year for allegedly raising anti-India slogans during an Afzal Guru event at the JNU campus.

The students had failed to inform Delhi Police and the police only arrived at the venue after being alerted by college authorities, according to media reports. 

He was expected to speak in the afternoon on “The War in Adivasi Areas” at an event organised by the Literary Society of Ramjas College.

However, members of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) -- a student organisation affiliated to the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) -- reached the campus and began protesting before he could even arrive at the venue.

"Ramjas college cannot see the likes of Umar Khalid talking here. He talks of dividing the country. We were going to hold a silent priest against this and alerted the college principal about it," college president and ABVP member Yogit Rathi told the media. 

Ramjas College authorities said they were forced to cancel the event. College principal Rajendra Prasad told the media that the two JNU students’ lectures were cancelled because of protests as well as advice from police that the situation could go out of hand.