A video has also gone viral in social media in which Prof Dinesh Gupta of Rajiv Gandhi Government Post-graduate Degree College, Mandsaur is seen running after the activists asking them to let him touch their feet as the latter also run away in a bid to allegedly avoid embarrassment.
He allegedly dubbed anti-national by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists for objecting to their slogan-shouting in the campus, sought to touch the feet of the protesters, as per college administration sources.
Prof Dinesh Gupta was teaching when he heard ABVP activists raising slogans. The activists were on their way to submit a memorandum to the principal to protest the delay in announcement of results of BSc fourth semester exams. Dr Gupta told them not to raise slogans as he was facing difficulty teaching due to the noise.
Since two of their slogans were ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, the activists allegedly termed the professor a “deshdrohi” (traitor) for opposing these slogans.
In a meeting called in the principal’s office, the ABVP activists demanded an apology from the professor. When Gupta refused, the activists started following him on the campus. At this, the agitated professor tried to touch the feet of activists.
Prof Gupta, who proceeded on three days leave after the incident, told media persons, “They called me anti-national just for stopping them from shouting slogans during my class. They asked me to tender an apology. I said okay, I am touching your feet.”