Communal Violence by ABVP activists, Sulia

On 4th September afternoon at Dr. Shivaram Karanth Government First Grade College, Bellare, in Sullia Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, a group of students hurled abusive words against Muslim girls, who were sitting in their classrooms, and assaulted one of them in college campus.

The victim Sajida (name changed), claimed a group of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists dragged her in front of other students, thrashed and pushed her to the ground. The final year student of Bachelor of Arts, who was hospitalised after the inhuman assault, said that the assailants also tore her dress and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the matter to her parents or reported to police.

The assailants include six students from final year B.Com identified as Rajnish, Amruth, Jayaprakash, Sudarshan, Nithyanada, Pramod, one student from final year BA identified as Hemacharya and two students from second year BA identified as Ajit and Udaya.

A nationwide college bundh call was  given by ABVP and Youth Against Corruption demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of the alleged coal block allocation controversy. Following this bundh students had boycotted class, but didn’t leave collge premises as holiday was not decalred by college officials.
This incident happened around 1pm while the girl and her friends were having lunh in their classroom. When she approached the principal and other lecturers to complain against it, they did not take it seriously. “They summoned the students, who manhandled me, asked them not to repeat such behaviour in future and let them off. They also asked us to forget the incident,” sajida said.

While Sajida was walking home after this incident, the same group of ABVP miscreants once again encountered her and warned her against revealing about the incident to anyone. “They threatened that they would storm into our house and harm everyone if I revealed the matter. I immediately ran towards home and revealed everything to my elders”, she said. Later a complaint was lodged with jurisdictional Bellare police station.

A couple of weeks ago some of the ABVP activists had insisted Muslim girls not to wear scarf inside the campus or classroom. Its found out by some students that the ABVP activists were trying to create communal problems between Hindu and Muslim students of the college since many days.

This news has agitated students all over Karnataka and students are protesting through various social media against ABVP some even asking to ban ABVP.

This was one of the images posted on a Facebook page against ABVP after this incident.


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