While Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal expresses solidarity with dissenting students in JNU and elsewhere, there is a problem in his own backyard. Section of students protesting against fee hike over the past week in a Delhi government-run university have alleged that they have been threatened by private colleges affiliated to the university.
Speaking with ET, students of the Delhi government-run Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University claimed their private colleges have threatened them with rustication, filing of defamation cases, ruining of careers, for participating in protests against fee hike. The issue relates with an order of fee hike issued by the Delhi government last month, which provoked several localised protests at the college level by students who called it “arbitrary” and “unfair”.
Some of these protests were organised by the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). While Kejriwal announced a withdrawal of fee hike after protests on Sunday, it appears colleges have been threatening protesting students for over the past week.
At least one of the colleges continued to threaten students on Monday for taking their woes to the chief minister. Teachers in some colleges have issued warnings in open classrooms against joining protests, claim protesting students and ABVP activists.