Clash over JNU reaches House

Congress and the Left on Monday raised in the Assembly Sunday's clash in Muzaffarpur between BJP activists and the organisers of an event protesting against the Centre's crackdown on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

By Amit Bhelari and Khwaja Jamal
  • Published 15.03.16
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CPI-ML (Liberation) MLAs protest at the Assembly on Monday. Picture by Deepak Kumar

Patna/Muzaffarpur, March 14: Congress and the Left on Monday raised in the Assembly Sunday's clash in Muzaffarpur between BJP activists and the organisers of an event protesting against the Centre's crackdown on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

FIRs were lodged for the Sunday incident that left around 10 people injured.

CPI-ML (Liberation) MLA Sudama Prasad raised the matter during Zero Hour, and he was supported by CPI-ML (Liberation) MLAs Mehboob Alam and Satyadev Ram. Congress MLA from Kadwa, Shakeel Ahmad Khan, too asked the Speaker to hold a debate on the issue. Sudama said: "A peaceful seminar was planned on the topic ' Main JNU Bol Raha Hu' in Muzaffarpur but the members of ABVP attacked the organisers. The assault on the organisers is an attack on the democratic rights. I demand strict action on the people responsible for the attack."

Shakeel, who was JNU Students' Union president in 1992-93, said: "After giving permission to the organisers why didn'tthe administration inform them if they had cancelled it? Second, it was a peaceful protest and the way the ABVP activists have reacted to the event shows they want to take this country on the path of dictatorship. It is a matter of great concern - which direction the BJP wants to take his country."

The Muzaffarpur police on Monday lodged an FIR against vice-president of the local BJP cultural cell, Chandra Kishore Parashar, and 150 unidentified activists of the ABVP and Bajrang Dal. They were accused of indulging in stone pelting outside the Jubba Sahni Park auditorium on Sunday.

Ten activists of the Nagrik Samaj, which had organised the event in support of JNU students, sustained injuries. Muzaffarpur district magistrate Dharmendra Kumar said Mohammad Zafruddin, the block development officer of Mushari, officiating as magistrate, had lodged the FIR with Mithanpura police station.

Injured Vidya Singh, member of state council of CPI-ML (Liberation), lodged a separate FIR against Parashar and others for the attack on activists of Nagrik Samaj outside the Jubba Sahni Park auditorium.

Nagrik Samaj secretary Suraj Kumar said the CPL-ML would observe a protest on Tuesday against the attack. Suraj said a delegation would soon meet the district magistrate, requesting action against municipal corporation commissioner Ramesh Ranjan for cancelling booking of the auditorium without any reason.

Parashar said his party members would stage a daylong demonstration outside the district magistrate's office on Saturday to protest the lodging of FIR against him and others.