JNU professor beaten up by BJP’s youth wing

Gwalior: Members of BJP’s youth wing on Sunday clashed with activists of Ambedkar Vichar Manch (AVM) during a lecture by JNU professor Vivek Kumar at a function organised by AVM in Gwalior of MP.

He was giving a speech on “Baba Saheb Ke Sapno Ka Bhartiya Samaj” (Indian society as envisioned by Baba Saheb) when clashes broke out between two groups, reported the Hindustan Times.

The incident took place at at around 4 PM at Municipal Corporation’s Bal Bhawan auditorium, sources said.

“BJYM members stormed Bal Bhawan, chanted slogans and tried to disrupt the function alleging that it threatened peace,” they said.

A heated exchange took place among the members of both the groups and a clash ensued. However, there were no reports of anybody getting hurt in the incident.

Based on a complaint filed by AVM leader Dinesh Maurya, BJYM district president Vivek Sharma and several others have been booked under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, police said.

Sharma, in his defence told the newspaper that charges against him were “false and fabricated” while JNU Prof Vivek Kumar’s speech was “provocative and anti-national.

“In the symposium, pro-Mohammad Afzal and pro-Kanhaiya Kumar slogans were also shouted,” he alleged.