Amid nationwide uproar against the terrorist attack on students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a group of BJP workers intimidated and heckled students of Bengaluru’s Jyoti Nivas College, after they opposed the party workers putting up a pro-CAA banner on the college walls without permission.
Videos doing rounds on social media of the incident show BJP workers heckle the female students calling them ‘anti-national’ and ‘uneducated’ for not signing on a pro-CAA banner. The BJP workers were in their usual self and shouted at the students that they were not Indians, and asked them to go to Pakistan.
This video is from JYOTI NIVAS COLLEGE, Banglore.
BJP members came into the college and threatened girl students to sign a document which supports #CAA and put up a banner in college which states India supports CAA. @Shehla_Rashid @naukarshah @kavita_krishnan @vakeel_saheba pic.twitter.com/Mfrn9tRxzz
— احمد علی/ Jimmy Ansari (@AnsariLadakh) January 8, 2020
The incident took place on Wednesday, 8 January. The banner, which was illegally stuck on the college wall had the pictures of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, BS Yediyurappa and Tejasvi Surya. When a group of students objected against it, the BJP workers then insisted that the students and pedestrians sign the banner against their will.
When the students told them that they can not put up the banner outside the college without the permission of the administration, the workers argued, “Students are not the owners of the college and only the owner can only object to the banner being stuck to the wall.”
Few members of the college management also came and engaged in a discussion with them. The workers did not agree to take down the banner. After which the students started chanting slogans against the BJP workers “revoke CAA”. In response, the workers started to shout slogans, “go to Pakistan”
The police were eventually called and they dispersed the crowd. One of the students alleged that the BJP workers were still standing outside the college even after the whole incident and clicked a few selfies in front of the banner before removing it.
On Thursday, a day after the incident, Additional police personnel were deployed at the college. MLA Ramalinga Reddy also visited the college this morning and assured students of their safety.