New Delhi: Police on Wednesday used water canons and canes to disperse hundreds of students who turned violent while protesting near a prestigious Delhi University college against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's alleged role in 2002 riots in the state.
Students associated with AISA, AISF, DSU and SFI gathered outside the Sriram College of Commerce, where Modi gave a speech, at around 3 PM and tried scaling the barricades set up to prevent them from entering the college premises.
The protesters managed to cross the first barricade but were stopped at the second one just before Gate number 3 of the college from where Modi's cavalcade entered.
"Modi is the overseer of 2002 riots in Gujarat and he should not have been allowed in Delhi University to address students," said Setu, a JNU student, associated with AISA.
"Around 6,000 farmers committed suicide in Gujarat and Modi's development card juxtaposes it. It is not justified that Delhi University has invited him for his lecture," DSU activist and Delhi University student Saurabh said.
A large number of police personnel, including women guards, were deployed near the SRCC. Police used water cannons and lathis to prevent the students from entering the college. The protesters later courted arrest.
Meanwhile, ABVP activists cheered the visit of Modi and Delhi BJP vice president Ramesh Bidhuri said "we carry a tradition to invite leaders to deliver lectures in our colleges so there is no point in protesting against Narendra Modi. Only anti-national powers do protest against Modi."