New Delhi : The ongoing row over installation of busts of Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh took a murky turn when the National Students Union of India (NSUI) leaders allegedly threw ink on Savarkar’s bust and garlanded it with shoes. In a video, Delhi NSUI leaders were reportedly seen carrying out the act. The group also reportedly shouted slogans in support of Bhagat Singh and Bose. The incident reportedly took place on Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, Shakti Singh, president, Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) admitted to having installed the busts of Savarkar, Bose and Bhagat Singh ‘without due permission’ outside Art Faculty at the university’s North Campus. According to an ANI report, permissions were denied despite requests from Singh.
“There is a cellar on campus where Bhagat Singh was kept during the trial. We had demanded that either a statue of Bhagat Singh be erected or the cellar be made public. But the university administration did not respond to us. So, we had no other option but to do what we did,” Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.
“All these leaders — Savarkar, Bose, and Bhagat Singh — had made great contributions in the freedom struggle. Youth should take inspiration from them,” he was further quoted as saying by ANI. According to reports, the two feet statues have been placed on red pillars. ABVP’s state media-in-charge Ashutosh Singh told ANI that the statues should be kept in DUSU office till their installations are officially permitted.
NSUI and Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) had criticised the decision to install busts claiming that Savarkar, Bose and Singh could not be kept on the same pedestal.
Source : Times Now