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Slain Kargil soldier's daughter's post condemning ABVP goes viral

Gurmehar Kaur's Facebook post has triggered a social media campaign. Photograph: (Facebook)

PTI New Delhi, India Feb 25, 2017, 09.22 AM (IST)

Days after ABVP activists prevented a seminar at Delhi University’s (DU) Ramjas College, a Facebook post by a student from DU's LSR College condemning the right wing students' group has gone viral on Facebook.

Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard which read “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”.

The post initiated a social media campaign, “I am not scared of ABVP”, after the literature student’s classmates and peers started sharing the post. Students from various universities across the country changed their profile pictures with the same placard, as the initiative went viral.

In her post, Gurmehar Kaur writes, "The brutal attack on innocent students by ABVP is very disturbing and should be stopped. It was not an attack on protesters, but an attack on every notion of democracy that is held dear in every Indian's heart. It is an attack on ideals, morals, freedom and rights of every person born to this nation.

“The stones that you pelt hit our bodies, but fail to bruise our ideas. This profile picture is my way of protesting against the tyranny of fear."

ABVP activists had on Tuesday prevented a seminar, organised by Ramjas college's Literary Society, from being held, and attacked the venue with bricks. They were against the invite being extended to two of the speakers, JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid who were to address a seminar on 'Culture of Protests'. Khalid, a PhD scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University, was booked in a sedition case last year ostensibly for raising "anti-India slogans". The charges have not been proven so far. 

Clashes subsequently broke out between ABVP and other student groups including Left aligned groups like AISA and SFI, who had gathered in the university to protest the violent disruption of the seminar.  

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today criticised the Delhi Police over its handling of the clashes at Ramjas College and alleged that the force has become an "agent" of the BJP.

He also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not act as a "BJP worker" and hold police accountable for the incident, PTI report. 

"I strongly condemn the manner in which the Delhi Police has become an agent of the ABVP and the BJP. It is the duty of police to protect the people of Delhi and not allow the ABVP and the BJP to engage in goondaism (sic)," he told reporters.

"I hope the Prime Minister will perform his duty in an impartial way and not work like a BJP worker. The Delhi Police reports to the PM. He is not the prime minister of the BJP only but of all people, including me, and he should perform his duty," the AAP chief said.

The Delhi Police had earlier acknowledged "unprofessional" conduct of some of its personnel during the clashes and suspended three policemen. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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