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Centre seeks report from DU on Ramjas College violence

The government has sought a report from Delhi University in connection with the violence at Ramjas College which left many injured.

"I have asked for a report from the University on the issue," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters at a press conference here.

However, earlier in the day, Javadekar had ruled out government intervention saying the University is an autonomous institution and police will take required action.

"How can we intervene? They are an autonomous university.

Police will investigate and take required action," he had said.

"Nobody... neither the university, college administration nor the students have approached us for help so far," he had said on a query about law and order situation on the campus.

Ramjas College witnessed violent clashes yesterday as students of RSS-backed ABVP and Left-affiliated AISA, armed with hockey sticks, rained blows on each other, causing injuries to many.

The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid, facing sedition charge, and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on 'Culture of Protests' which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.

A few policemen and journalists were also roughed up yesterday during the violence after students from DU and JNU gathered outside the college to hold a protest march against ABVP's threat to call off the seminar.

They were demanding action against the ABVP members, who had allegedly heckled and thrown stones at students gathered for a seminar at a conference hall where Umar Khalid was invited to speak.

Before the march could take off, ABVP members reached the spot and clashed with the demonstrators despite heavy police deployment.

While a senior Delhi Police official today acknowledged a few of his colleagues handled the clashes in an "unprofessional" manner, the agitating students have demanded that multiple FIRs be registered on the basis of complaints filed by injured students and teachers.
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