Violence returns: Masked men barge JNU, attack pupils, vandalize hostel
JNU government which called in the police shortly after told students to keep calm and cooperate with police.” “This is an urgent message for the total JNU Community that there’s a law and order situation in the JNU Campus. Masked miscreants armed with sticks are roaming around, damaging property and assaulting people,” the JNU administration said in a statement.
JNU students Union President Aishe Ghosh, who got injured in the violence and taken to the hospital, said she was”brutally beaten up” by”goons wearing masks”. Masked men in black robes have been seen in video footages attacking the Sabarmati hostel. Over two dozen students, including JNU students’ union president Aishe Ghosh and Sucharita Sen, a professor were injured in the violence.
Masked men threw in the students and teachers stones that might have skulls, JNU professor Atul Sood said. “These were not small stones, these were big stones that could have broken our skulls. I fell on the side and when I came out, I saw cars completely vandalized like my car,” Sood told TV channels.
Though the number of miscreants roaming around in the campus wasn’t knows, some students claimed that their numbers could be 50. Soon after the attack, violence broke out between two groups of students both blaming the other for the attack within the university.
While JNU Students Union with a left leaning blamed the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the students union of the BJP for orchestrating the attack, ABVP said kits that the left affiliated students who attacked the teachers and students.
JNU Students Unions said that ABVP members have”attacked your university, your professors and your classmates…” and ABVP said their members were”brutally attacked by members connected to leftist students’ associations SFI, AISA and DSF” and maintained that some 25 supporters of ABVP were hurt in the scuffle.
Soon after the attack, violence broke out forcing police to take control of the situation. Delhi Police said tension was on between two teams for past two weeks and on”petition of Jawaharlal Nehru University Administration police has entered the campus now”. Police tried to control the situation and while violence was on inside the campus, a crowd gathered outside the JNU gate where police employees were seen in riot gears chanting slogans.
Meanwhile political blame game started late Sunday evening. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet article the”barbarous assault on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs that has left many seriously injured, is shocking. The fascists in charge of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear”
“Have seen pictures of what is going on in #JNU. Condemn the violence unequivocally. This is completely contrary to the tradition and culture of the university,” foreign minister S Jaishankar, an alumnus of JNU said in a Twitter post.
Delhi Lt Governor termed “the violence in JNU against pupils and teachers is highly condemnable” and directed the police”to take all possible steps in coordination with JNU Administration to preserve law and order & take action against the perpetrators of violence.
A strike is on with a segment of pupils against the proposed fee increase and some restrictions on their movement inside the campus.