Karnataka: Right wing opposes College naming park after Fr Stan Swamy | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: The right-wing forums ABVP, VHP and Bajrang Dal have opposed the decision of a private autonomous college to name one of its parks after Jesuit priest and tribal activist Father Stan Swamy. They have threatened to stage a protest if the college goes ahead with the plan.
VHP, Bajrang Dal and ABVP outfit heads addressing reporters on Wednesday, opposed the decision of St Aloysius College management to name the park after Father Swamy. VHP zonal secretary Sharan Pumpwell said that Swamy was arrested under the Unlawful Activities(Prevention) Act and was facing serious allegations like terrorism and naxalism- for his alleged role in Bhima Koregoan violence. “It is an insult to the social system to name a park after him,” he said.
Further, he said that an old institution like St Aloysius College which has contributed immensely to the field of education naming a park after a person like Stan Swamy is akin to it indirectly challenging national unity and such a development has ‘shocked the education lovers and peace loving people’.
He said if the college management goes ahead with the plan, they will carry out a protest. “The college will be responsible if any untoward incident takes place”. He added they have conveyed their opposition to the college management and have submitted a memorandum to deputy commissioner K V Rajendra.
ABVP state secretary Manikanta said instead of Stan Swamy the college management can name it after noted personalities like former union minister Oscar Fernandes or George Fernandes who have contributed to the country. To a query, he said they have no problem if Stan Swamy’s name is kept for the park after he is cleared of all charges.
When TOI contacted, Rev Fr Melwin Joseph Pinto, rector, St Aloysius Institutions and vice-president, Mangalore Jesuit Educational Society said that based on the suggestion of city police that President of India Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting the city, we have postponed programmes scheduled in the college on Thursday. Meanwhile, the college refused to comment on the issue.

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