Intellectuals come forward in support of Prof. Apurvanand
Intellectuals from across the country and abroad have come out in support of Prof. Apurvanand. The professor was questioned under Section 43 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
New Delhi: More than a thousand well-known intellectuals, bureaucrats, journalists, writers, teachers, and students of the country and abroad have come out in support of the Delhi University professor Apoorvanand. He was recently interrogated by the Delhi Police regarding the East Delhi riots. Police also seized his mobile. The strong group of intellectuals has strongly condemned the incident. They have strongly objected to the police behavious for repeatedly implicating the intellectuals and academia in false cases.
Former president of Prasar Bharati, Jawahar Chaudhary, former chairman of Government Staff Selection Commission NK Raghupati, distinguished historian Ramachandra Guha, distinguished cultural activist Ashok Vajpayee, former director of National School of Drama (NSD) Kirti Jain, film actress Ratna Pathak Shah, Kavita Srivastava have condemned the incident.
Moreover, faculty members from Princeton University of Minnesota, Cornell University, University of Arizona, University of Massachusetts, University of Delhi, Calcutta University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadavpur University, Ashoka University, Lalit Narayan Mithila University (LNMU) and Ambedkar have also condemned the act of police in a joint statement. The statement has been signed by 1337 prominent personalities. In addition, several public organizations have also signed the statement.
The current situation in the country is worse than the Emergency imposed 45 years ago
The statement says that a special branch of Delhi Police questioned Apurvanand, a professor of Hindi at Delhi University, for five hours in connection with the riots in the capital and seized his mobile phone.
The statement also says that the current situation in the country is much worse than the Emergency imposed 45 years ago, as those who have been dissenting and protesting are being tortured and threatened. Not only this, but they are also being sentenced to jail by implicating them in false cases.
It is said in the joint statement that Prof. Apurvanand was interrogated under Section 43 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and he was summoned under Section 19 of the Indian Penal Code and Arms Act. This is not a minor investigation by the police.
According to the statement, the people of the BJP government are constantly harassing the intellectuals of the country in the case of Bhima Koregaon violence. These intellectuals are also called ‘Urban Naxalites’. The group of intellectuals said, ‘the police have also tried to harass Prof. Apurvanand in this regard, so all of us intellectuals oppose this incident and appeal to all to come forward to raise the voice of the citizens and save democracy.’