New Delhi: The Mumbai Police on Tuesday removed protesters from the iconic Gateway of India, where they had been protesting since Sunday midnight against the violence on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus earlier that day, and shifted them to Azad Maidan.
The protesters had named their agitation ‘Occupy Gateway,’ in reference to the iconic monument. In a controversial development at the protest, a ‘Free Kashmir’ poster was also seen at the protest site.
Speaking to news agency ANI on relocating the protesters, Sangramsingh Nishandar (DCP, Zone 1), said, “Roads were getting blocked and common Mumbaikar and tourists were facing problems. We had appealed to protesters many times and have now relocated them to Azad Maidan.”
More than 30 people, most of then faculty members and students of JNU were injured, when a masked mob entered the campus and unleashed mayhem Sunday evening. JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh was among those who sustained injuries in the attack, receiving 16 stitches for the injury sustained on her forehead.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a students’ group linked to the ruling BJP, has been accused of attacking the students, an allegation it has vehemently denied. The Delhi Police, which has come under severe criticism for not being able to stop the violence, and, in fact, ‘helping’ the attackers, has registered four FIRs in connection with the attack.