Fergusson row: FIR against unidentified persons after NCP-ABVP clash

Pune, Mar. 24 (ANI): Following violent clashes between the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) members and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists at the Fergusson College here which lead to the deployment of riot squads, an FIR has been registered against unidentified persons in the case.

A case has been lodged under IPC sections 323, 143 (unlawful assembly) and 145.

NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad was allegedly manhandled on the campus during the clash following which the police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd.

Meanwhile, within hours of writing to the Pune Police for taking action against those who allegedly raised ‘anti-national’ slogans in campus, Fergusson College principal Ravindra Singh Pardeshi retracted from his views saying that it was a ‘printing’ mistake.

“Yesterday, I said that I have talked to a local committee. As a college principal, I am trying so that things go smooth in the college campus. We want to sustain a peaceful environment. There was a printing mistake in the letter. We are making the necessary corrections,” Pardeshi told the media here.

“I had asked the Pune Police for investigation. If the students are found involved in it then action should be taken. We are requesting the police to investigate it,” he added.

Singh had written a letter to the Pune Police seeking investigation into the alleged ‘anti-national’ slogans raised in the college premises on Tuesday.

The students, who had gathered under the Ambedkarite ideology group, raised slogans for JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula who hanged himself in Hyderabad Central University campus earlier in January this year. (ANI)

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