Another peaceful protest planned by student unions from the city was thwarted outside Dadar station on Saturday. However, this has not deterred the students’ resolve, and they will keep holding such protests.
Students from several campus organisations, like the All India Students Association (AISA), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF) had organised the protest. However, they were informed by cops they were not allowed to gather at the place. Following this, the students went to the Matunga police station, and asked cops why they were not being allowed to gather. This later led to a clash between the students and the cops. Ranjini Basu, from PSF said, “Whatever happened on Saturday was a violation of our democratic right to hold a peaceful protest. But this is not going to stop us. In fact our protest has increased manifold after witnessing such pressure tactics.”
Abhilasha Shrivastava, from AISA said, “Male members were taken in by police officials and were released late in the night. While police claim that they kept five students to discuss the issue, we know how they were brutally beaten up by police. This is completely unacceptable.”
Speaking to mid-day, Ashok Dudhe, DCP Zone IV said, “We had denied permission to the students to protest outside Dadar Station considering it is Shiv Jayanti. However, looking at the police bandobast, they all rushed into Matunga Police station and started protesting against the police. Eventually we had to take 16-17 people in custody to control the ruckus.”