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AISA, ABVP students clash after Umar Khalid's seminar gets canceled, many injured

A scuffle broke out between All India Students Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today which soon turned into a violent clash in which several people, including college professors, were reportedly injured.

Prasanta Chakravarty, associate Professor at Delhi University, sustained injuries during the clashes. The protesters also clashed with the police deployed outside the college.

The students of Ramjas College had planned to march to the Maurice Nagar police station demanding action against the ABVP activists who had disrupted Tuesday's seminar.

The students were about to start their march to the police station when they were surrounded by ABVP activists. Clashes erupted despite heavy police presence in the area.

"People from the ABVP are not allowing students who had come to attend a protest march to leave the college," Kawalpreet Kaur, President of AISA, Delhi University unit, said.

On Tuesday, a large group of ABVP students disrupted the first session of a two-day seminar at Ramjas College on 'Culture of Protest'. ABVP is affiliated to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The ABVP, which dominates the students union in Delhi University, raised slogans denouncing Khalid as an "anti-national" and forced the organisers to suspend the day's event.

Khalid was among the students booked for sedition for allegedly raising anti-national slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on February 9 last year.

"I was on my way to Ramjas College when I was told the event was disrupted by the ABVP. Organisers told me to come from a different route but I still could not make it," Khalid said.

He said the Wednesday march was not about him but about the "democratic space of the university".