Fergusson college row: Police files FIR against unidentified persons for rioting

NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad was manhandled yesterday after he wrote to police seeking action against those who raised anti-national slogans'.

Pune: A case of rioting has been registered against over 200 unidentified people in connection with a clash between workers of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and a group of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists on Fergusson College campus here in which NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad was allegedly manhandled, police said on Thursday.

Deccan-Gymkhana police, where the case was registered under relevant sections of rioting of IPC late last night, said the work of identifying the people from various organisations is underway and CCTV footage as well as videograbs of the incident are being scrutinised.

Yesterday, Awhad was allegedly heckled as he reached the campus to interact with students and the principal after he dashed off a letter to Pune Police seeking action against those who purportedly raised anti-national slogans during ABVP's informal event to discuss the topic "Truth of JNU" in presence of JNU ABVP leader Alok Singh.

Read: Fergusson College principal expresses regret over letter to police

Principal R G Pardeshi, however, later retracted on his statement calling it a "typographical error" after several Dalit organisations here accused him of branding students including Sujat Ambedkar, greatgrandson of B R Ambedkar and son of former MP Prakash Ambedkar, as "anti-nationals".

After Awhad concluded his speech at a corner of the campus, he was allegedly heckled by members of BJP's youth wing, and some affiliated right-wing organisations and stones were pelted at his car which led to the deployment of an anti-riot squad and saw the police stepping in to control the situation.

Police had to intervene and escorted Awhad to his car, but even after the NCP leader had got inside the vehicle, footwear and stones were hurled at his car.

Also, police resorted to a mild lathicharge to disperse the crowd before Awhad and his supporters left the campus.

After the clash, a riot-control squad of police was deployed. "We registered a case late last night against over 200 unidentified people from both the groups and upon scrutinising CCTV footage and video recordings of news channels, we will identify the suspects," said a police inspector.

He said police will also speak to Awhad to get his version of the incident. Awhad, however, denied that he was manhandled.

"They were not even able to touch me and my people and police steered me from the location safely," he said last night.

Meanwhile, ABVP spokesperson Nikhil Karampuri said that when Awhad was manhandled, their workers were far away from spot and denied any involvement in the incident.

( Source : PTI )
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