Fergusson College row: Principal retracts letter, says word ‘anti-national’ was ‘typo’

Pune (Maharashtra): Within hours of writing to the Pune Police for taking action against those who allegedly raised ‘anti-national’ slogans in campus, Fergusson College principal Ravindra Singh Pardeshi has retracted from his views and said that it was a printing mistake.

“Yesterday, I said that I have talked to a local committee. As a college principal, I am trying so that things go smooth in the college campus. We want to sustain a peaceful environment. There was a printing mistake in the letter. We are making the necessary corrections,” Pardeshi told the media here.

“I had asked the Pune Police for investigation. If the students are found involved in it then action should be taken. We are requesting the police to investigate it,” he added.

Singh had written a letter to the Pune Police seeking investigation into the alleged ‘anti-national’ slogans raised in the college premises yesterday.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists and some students from the Left organisations got into a heated argument yesterday during a talk organised at the Fergusson College on the topic ‘Truth of JNU’.

The students, who had gathered under the Ambedkarite ideology group, raised slogans for JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula who hanged himself in Hyderabad Central University campus earlier in January this year. (ANI)