As Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressing the students at the convocation ceremony at the prestigious Banaras Hindu University, the goons of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were attacking and physically intimidating a student who had tried to disrupt PM’s speech by shouting out to him. Media reports suggest that student was roughed up by a party worker who was in the audience, as he was speaking to some channels and the media. The student was shouting about violation of rights of the students, when he was attacked.
The student, Ashutosh Singh, had shouted about student body elections at BHU just as PM Modi was leaving the stage after finishing his address.
“Modiji hum chhatron ki awaz suniye (Modiji please listen to the students),” he shouted.
Cops immediately grabbed Ashutosh and tried to move him away but some of the BJP workers present inside at the venue thrashed him. Police had a tough time rescuing the student from the BJP men.
In the video, the student is seen being dragged out while someone from the audience slaps him.
“The students union has been prohibited since 1997. The students here are suppressed and not allowed to raise their voice,” said Ashutosh.
Meanwhile, students and teachers from BHU are protesting outside the University over Dalit Scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide.
Despite Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla’s request that no protests should occur at the PM’s BHU event, a certain section of students and teachers had decided to go ahead with their protests against Dalit Scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide.
Several Dalit organisations have planned to protest over Vemula’s suicide and “attempts to saffronise” the university.