Barred From Addressing Students In Mumbai, Jignesh Mevani & Umar Khalid Speeches To Go Online

| January 5 , 2018 , 13:35 IST

An 'All India Students Summit' event planned by student union Chatra Bharti was cancelled by the police after controversy over statements made by Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid in Pune, who were both scheduled to address the Summit. Not to be deterred, the students are now planning to organise the event, with Mevani and Khalid, in an online model.

Regarding the cancellation of the event, Sagar Bhalerao, an organiser said, "There was no doubt of permission, as everything was planned well in advance. It isn't like the list of speakers was prepared just then. All the speakers had been confirmed since the beginning, and everyone was expecting a good event on students' issues. It was a shock for all of us when the police stopped us from going ahead with it."

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Students protested the cancellation of the event outside the Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle, Mumbai, where the event was to be held, and the again outside the Juhu police station. The police detained a total of 112 protesters including student leaders Richa Singh from Allahabad University and Pradip Nerwal from JNU.

According to Chatra Bharti's Sachin Bansode, the exact same programme, with Mevani and Khalid will now be held online.

"They are both at a secure place in the city. We will hold the exact same programme online on January 10, and they will address the students then," said Sachin Bansode.

The Pune city police had filed an FIR against Mevani and Khalid for giving "provocative" statements during their respective speeches at the "Elgar Parishad" event organised to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima-Koregaon at the Shaniwar Wada in Pune on December 31.