Kerala Governor calls historian Irfan Habib ‘street goonda’, alleges VC a party to conspiracy

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New Delhi: Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday called renowned historian Irfan Habib a “street goonda.”

Khan said the 90-year-old Habib tried to attack him at the history congress held in Kannur University in 2019. He was responding to the reply of Habib to the earlier allegation of the Governor that some people 'conspired to attack him' at Kannur University campus where the event was held.

Habib had said the academicians do not conspire. Reacting to this, Khan asked whether academicians inflict physical attack upon others.

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Governor also reiterated the 'conspiracy theory'. “Vice chancellor was an accomplice and party to that conspiracy. When the Governor’s office demanded a report of the attack, the VC replied that he could not submit the report as he is not a security expert,” Governor told the media.

Khan said that he had visited the university as an invitee of the VC and the attack against him was already planned from Delhi before the congress.

“In Kerala people have been arrested for writing Facebook posts and wearing black shirts. And some people were confident that they could attack me and no actions would be taken,” alleged the governor.

The Governor claimed that the video clips of the event are proof of his allegations.

A day ago, around 50 academicians had written to the Governor asking him to apologise for calling Kannur University VC a ‘criminal’. Khan said Dr Gopinath Ravindran was a criminal as he conspired to attack him.

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