Over 700 people gathered at Mandi House for an all Citizen's March against the alleged ABVP violence that broke out on February 22 at Ramjas College. Protesters included teachers from the Delhi University Teachers Union, students and activists affiliated with the AISA, SFI.
The main agenda of the demonstration was to punish those responsible for the violence on Delhi University. "The ABVP goons responsible for beating up students and teachers must be punished. We want peace on campus," said Jayshree a students from Delhi university.
Political leaders like Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, KC Tyagi, Yogendra Yadav, activists like Kavita Krishnan and students including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Sheila Rashid, who were found in the nationalism storm last year, were also part of the demonstration.
"We will definitely take the matter up in Parliament. The BJP is trying to take over the autonomy of the Delhi University and destroy the social and secular fabric of campuses," said KC Tyagi of the JD(U).
"Students have the right to say what they want and write what they want. Let courts decide if it is national or anti-national. Ideologies should not be suppressed. You can agree or disagree with it. And now people are on the streets because they need freedom of speech and expression which is their fundamental right," said Kanhaiya Kumar, who faced sedition charges when he was caught in the middle of the nationalism storm last year.
The agenda of today's protest was action against the alleged ABVP violence, freedom of speech and expression on campus and justice for Rohith Vemula.