The anger against the alleged police violence at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) spread out to Delhi on Monday as students from various party lines ideological positions started protesting in the capital. In this staged protests in the national capital, organizations like ABVP, NSUI, CYSS and left participated, which led the police to use force at BHU. About 50 Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members marched up to Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road and crossed the police barricades placed by the Delhi Police near Shastri Bhavan.
Some of the protesting students also tried to climb the gates of Shastri Bhavan and started sloganeering at the gates before being detained by the police. The spokesperson of ABVP, Saket Bahuguna, said, “The ABVP has constantly delivered on student promises and we have constantly fought on student issues. We are protesting to demand more CCTV cameras on campus.” The 40 members of Congress’ National Students Union of India (NSUI) were also stopped by police barricades near Raisina Marg. With shouting slogans, the NSUI members also tried to climb over the barricades. Later, eight of the NSUI members were detained by the police.
The NSUI said in a statement, “Members of ABVP were allowed to protest outside HRD ministry which is a clear indication that the government is favoring ABVP in order to save their face. Modi Ji continues to use the police for curbing and stopping protests against him and his government.” The DCP of New Delhi, BK Singh, said that all the detained members (30 ABVP + 8 NSUI) were later released. The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) student wing, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti CYSS, also took part in a protest on campus, and expressed their concern over “the fact that police and the university administration miserably failed in providing security to the female students.”