Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013 for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament, and the co-founder of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in 1984, are “martyrs” in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

The university turned into a battleground on Tuesday as the Right and the Left clashed when a group of Left-oriented students called a meet to commemorate the “judicial killing” of the duo. The situation turned violent and administration had to call in the police.

While the organisers originally got permission to hold the event, it was withdrawn after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) complained to the administration. “We had earlier granted permission for a cultural evening, because we were not informed about the topic. When we were told it was in favour of Afzal Guru, we had to withdraw. The government of India hanged him after declaring him a terrorist. How could we allow them to organise an anti-Indian programme,” said the registrar Bupinder Zutshi.

Slogans like “Kashmir ki azadi tak jung chalegi, Bharat ki barbadi tak jung chalegi” were reportedly raised at the protest meet. Taking note of this, the university administration has ordered the inquiry.

The ABVP had called for a protest outside the 24×7 dhaba opposite the venue, against the “anti-national”activity.The JNU administration ordered the inquiry after the ABVP staged a protest outside the VC’s office demanding rustication of those involved in the incident.The ABVP, meanwhile, has given a seven-day ultimatum to the administration to complete the inquiry and take action.

JNU has not taken any action against students that organized the Afzal Guru commemoration on Tuesday.  The issue went viral on social media; ‘ShutDownJNU’ kept trending through the day.