March against violence, gagging of free speech

Protest against violence perpetrated by ABVP turns into platform for issues such as assault on Dalits and JNU missing student Najeeb Ahmed

Hundreds of students from universities, members of political outfits and independent bodies across the Capital came together at Mandi House on Saturday to protest against a range of issues, including alleged violence perpetrated by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), assault on Dalits and missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed.

They marched peacefully, while reciting slogans of ‘Azaadi’, to Parliament Street and gave a strong message that “violence in any form will not be accepted”.

The Citizens’ March, which was organised by Left-backed students’ organisations against the ABVP’s role in the North Campus violence on February 21 and 22, saw participation of people from all walks of life, demanding their right to free speech. Members of AISA, SFI, AISF, AIDSO, DUTA, and more took part in the march. Known faces from last year’s JNU protests, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid, were also present.

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Source By The Hindu

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