Journalism students at an institute in Pune have claimed that they were threatened against inviting JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar for a discussion. They alleged that this was done by a suspected activist of BJP's youth wing, police said today.
A non-cognisable offence has been registered against one Omkar Kadam, who is believed to be a worker of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), after a complaint was lodged against him by students of the Ranade Institute last evening, an official attached with Deccan Gymkhana police station said.
As per the complaint, Mr Kadam went to the institute last evening and allegedly threatened the students with "dire consequences" if they invite Kanhaiya Kumar to the campus. "They (students) will be "beaten up," he allegedly said.
Mr Kadam also advised the students to go to Delhi to hear Kanhaiya Kumar, police said, adding preventive action would be taken against the accused.
"There were no plans to invite Kanhaiya Kumar; however, following the threat, we would like to invite him to hear his version of the JNU incident, the way we heard Alok Singh, JNU's ABVP president on Tuesday during an informal discussion on 'Truth of JNU'," said one of the students.
Ranade Institute is the journalism college of Savitribai Phule Pune University.