Students protest outside Delhi Police headquarters

New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) Over 50 students on Tuesday staged a demonstration outside the Delhi Police headquarters demanding action against the officials who assaulted students protesting in front of the RSS office here on January 30.

Student groups from various universities of Delhi, including members of the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) and Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) raised slogans against Delhi Police and Commissioner of Police B.S Bassi.

“While the BJP government and its ministers are engaged in shamelessly maligning Rohith Vemula’s background and the protestors, its political machinery like the ABVP and the RSS are busy defending culprits of Rohith’s institutional murder like union ministers, and Delhi Police which takes order from the central government is time and again coming down violently on us,” said AISA national secretary Sandeep Saurav.

“Delhi Police rather than taking moral responsibility for the violence on protestors is now working as a propaganda machinery for the RSS,” he said.

“The police commissioner is trying to defend the police violence and is spreading lies about the police violence on January 30,” Saurav added.

A video clip of police thrashing a group of students with sticks and dragging women by their hair outside the RSS headquarters during a protest over Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s suicide has triggered an outrage, with the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party seeking action against the policemen.

Jawaharlal Nehru University students had decided to go on an indefinite hunger strike last week after they were detained from outside the human resource development (HRD) ministry for staging a protest against the alleged delay in justice to Vemula, who was found hanging at the Hyderabad University hostel on January 17.

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