High-end drama ensued outside Vile Parle’s Bhaidas Hall on Thursday after the police denied permission to students from attending a student conference and detained over fifty people at the venue. A total of 112 people including organisers were detained at various places in Mumbai in connection with the event.
‘Rashtriya Chattra Sammelan’ is an annual conference of Chattra Bharati, a student organisation. This year, Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid along with MLC Kapil Patil, Allahabad student union leader Richa Singh, and several others were lined up as speakers for the event, which was scheduled to be held at the Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle between 11 am to 6 pm on Thursday.
Hundreds of students who had come from across the state were detained by the Juhu police from various places. “We tried to reach the venue but were picked up by the police even before we could reach there. There was no reasoning, no interrogation or explanation” said Priyanka Hade, a Class 11 student from Dahisar.
MLC Kapil Patil, Richa Singh and JNU leader Pradeep Narwal were taken to the Juhu police station in the morning and later shifted to Santacruz police station where their phones were confiscated. “ The police picked us up even before the event. At the Santacruz police station, they snatched our phones even though we weren’t arrested but merely detained” said Richa Singh.