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DU protests: Gurmehar kaur clears the air, says has no interest in politics

Kaur on Tuesday had announced that she was withdrawing from her protest against the ABVP

BS Web Team | IANS  |  New Delhi 

Gurmehar, ABVP, Ramjas
Gurmehar Kaur

Gurmehar Kaur, the 20-year-old Kargil martyr's daughter who protested against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) after the clash, told a daily that she has no interest in joining politics.

“The issue on which I spoke went out of hand. I would like to clarify that I do not want to enter politics,” the Lady Shri Ram College student told the Hindustan Times at her home in Jalandhar, adding, “I just gave my opinion, and I never expected the whole thing to take such a turn. I had a really bad time. I am not in a state to talk about it, and I cannot take it anymore.”

Kaur on Tuesday had announced that she was "withdrawing" from her protest campaign against the and wanted to be "left alone". She also reportedly left Delhi due to the backlash from her social media campaign.

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Trouble erupted in the otherwise placid Delhi University campus on February 21 when the forced the cancellation of a seminar at over the participation of a controversial Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student.

Kaur then launched a social media campaign against the ABVP, only to face death and rape threats. The Punjab Police deployed two women constables for her protection.

remains calm but heavy police presence remains

Delhi University was calm on Wednesday, a day after thousands of students protested against the ABVP, even as student Gurmehar Kaur, facing rape and death threats, got police security at her hometown of Jalandhar in Punjab.

After two activists were arrested here overnight for attacking two leftwing students, about 50 ABVP members demonstrated outside the Delhi Police headquarters on Wednesday.

The RSS-affiliated student body demanded action against the students it said had raised "anti-slogans" at the JNU a year ago but have never been caught.

"After creating commotion in JNU, these anti-sloganeers have moved to Delhi University," ABVP media convenor Saket Bahuguna said.

The Delhi university campus was peaceful but a large number of police personnel remained deployed outside various colleges. Guards checked the identity cards of the students.

On Tuesday night, ABVP members Vinayak Sharma and Prashant Mishra were arrested for beating up two All India Students Association (AISA) members near the Khalsa College, several hours after a massive student protest against the ABVP in the campus.

The ABVP suspended both but said they were provoked by the Left-leaning AISA.

"We will not tolerate violence in the campus. We wish to restore peace in the university," an ABVP leader told IANS.

Life at Ramjas disrupted

At Ramjas College, a student who did not want to be named told IANS that the unprecedented violence in the campus had disturbed everyone.

"The whole of last week has been disturbed. This is going to affect our studies," the B.A. Third Year student said.

"The guards are not allowing anyone inside the campus before 9 am. They are checking all identity cards," she said.

bats for Gurmehar; clarifies stance

Meanwhile, cricketer Gautam voiced support for Kaur, saying mocking or ganging up against the 20-year-old for her views on the horrors of war was despicable.

"We live in a free country where everyone is entitled to their opinion," he said in a video message. "If a daughter who lost her father puts up posts about the horrors of war, she has all the right."

Former cricketer Virender clarified that his response to Kaur on the social media was an attempt to be facetious. He said he did not mean to bully her.

"Agreement or disagreement wasn't even a factor," he said. "She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life."

But Sehwag's tweet did not prevent Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij from taking on the young student.

He said Kaur was doing politics over the "martyrdom of her father" and accused her of giving Pakistan "a clean chit".

On Tuesday, Delhi's Lt Governor Anil Baijal promised speedy action against those who indulged in violence in Delhi University and those who threatened Kaur.

First Published: Thu, March 02 2017. 08:50 IST
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