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Protest against ban on non-veg food in Hansraj College, police detained 40 students

Rama Sharma, principal of Hansraj College, refused to withdraw the order despite criticism, saying the institute follows the philosophy of Arya Samaj. He claimed that 90 per cent of the students are vegetarian and had opposed serving non-vegetarian food in the past.

New Delhi: Police on Friday detained around 40 students protesting against the 'ban' on non-veg food at Delhi University's (DU) affiliated Hansraj College. The representative of Students Federation of India (SFI) made this claim.


He said that many students had gathered outside the college to protest against the decision, but they were not allowed to enter the campus and the gates were locked. Police said around 30 to 35 students were protesting against the alleged ban. The Hansraj College unit of the SFI had on Wednesday called for a protest in front of the college hostel 'against the ban on non-vegetarian food in the institute'.


Not entering the premises

SFI activist Sama said, “We started a peaceful protest, but the college administration did not allow us to enter the campus. They have locked all the doors and no officer is coming to talk to us. “We want to submit the memorandum but are not allowing us to enter the premises,” he said.


Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Sagar Singh Kalsi “We asked the protesters to leave, but when they did not agree, 14-15 students were detained, who were later released,” he said.


What did Hansraj College say?

The students have alleged that Hansraj College opened in February last year after the coronavirus pandemic and since then non-vegetarian food is not being served in its canteen and hostel.


Rama Sharma, principal of Hansraj College, refused to withdraw the order despite criticism, saying the institute follows the philosophy of Arya Samaj. He claimed that 90 per cent of the students are vegetarian and had opposed serving non-vegetarian food in the past.

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