VIJAYPURA, 3RD MARCH 2019: Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) in Karnataka on Saturday allegedly forced a lecturer to kneel and apologise for posting an “antiIndia” message on social media, in an educational institution headed by State Home Minister M.B. Patil.
Although the incident took place in the presence of a police constable and college authorities, no case was filed. The video showing the lecturer being forced to apologise has gone viral. The campus of P.G. Halakatti Engineering college, run by BLDE Institutions here, was thronged by members belonging to the ABVP who objected to the post shared by the lecturer, Sandeep Wathar. They accused the lecturer of “treason” by appreciating on Facebook the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had warned of the destruction that would be caused by war.
The ABVP members demanded that the lecturer come out and apologise, upon which the college management reportedly “convinced” the lecturer to do so. When the visibly scared lecturer came out, the protesters made him kneel and apologise with folded hands. They made him give an undertaking that he would not do such a thing again. No suo motu action Speaking to The Hindu, Superintendent of Police Prakash Nikam said that while whatever happened was wrong, he was unable to take action as there was no complaint from the parties. “We will take legal action against the lecturer and the ABVP members if complaints are filed,” he said.
The ABVP members, however, insisted that the police file a suo motu case against the lecturer. ABVP divisional convener Sachin Kulageri said, “We are waiting for Mr. Patil to take action against the lecturer as a few days ago, he had issued a statement that persons giving antiIndia statements would not be spared.” Condemning the incident, Bahujan Vidyarthi Parishat president Srinath Pujari said it was wrong for the ABVB members to have taken the law into their hands. “If they think the lecturer committed a crime, let them file a complaint. Such moral policing is unfortunate,” he said.