The students’ wing of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday held a protest here over the alleged banning of a student group at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras for distributing controversial pamphlets.
Dalit outfit Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) also staged protests against the derecognition of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) student’s association after a complaint that it was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
About 200 volunteers of DMK’s student wing, who protested under its Secretary Ela Pugazhenthi, were detained, police said.
The protestors demanded that the derecognition be rolled back immediately and sought Modi’s intervention for the same.
Similarly, VCK founder Tho Thirumavalavan, who had led a protest separately, was also detained, police said.
The incident has landed the institute in a raging row with Congress and AAP, besides the Left parties, criticising the move.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi had yesterday sought the Prime Minister’s intervention in withdrawing the derecognition of the students body.
“Though it seems that Prime Minister Modi doesn’t place importance on needless issues like banning a democratic group, his Ministers interfering unilaterally and in an authoritarian manner in such issues will impede youth’s thought process and affect the nation’s peace,” he had said in an apparent reference to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
IIT Madras had however maintained that “as per the guidelines in force, student bodies cannot use the name of IIT Madras or its official entities in any capacity to publicise their activities or garner support without official permission.”
“This group has violated the guidelines while conducting their meeting,” Prof Ramamurthy, Acting Director, had said last week.
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani had denied her ministry’s role in banning the students group for distributing controversial pamphlets. She said the action was taken according to the institute’s “own procedure and guidelines”.