JNU violence: masked men with sticks and rods attack JNU students and girls hostel
"Masked miscreants armed with sticks are roaming around, damaging property and attacking people” inside the JNU campus, said the JNU administration in a statement.
Since six in the evening on Sunday, SOS messages are pouring in from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Several masked men with rods and sticks in their hands have been spotted in the university campus and they are being accused of ransacking the campus, attacking students and stone-pelting the girls' hostel.
The JNU Students' Union members are accusing that the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members are behind these attacks and the Delhi Police has done little to stop these attacks.
The JNU administration said in a statement that “masked miscreants armed with sticks are roaming around, damaging property and attacking people” inside the campus.
Several students including the JNUSU union office bearers are injured and have been rushed to the hospital. Nineteen students and a 45-year old faculty member are admitted in the AIIMS hsopital.
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh has been allegedly brutally attacked by these masked men. In a video shared, Ghosh can be heard saying, “I have been brutally attacked by goons who were masked. I am not in a state to talk as I am bleeding.” JNUSU general secretary Satish Chandra Yadav was also wounded in these attacks.
In several videos, recorded by the university students, the masked mob can be seen moving inside the campus with sticks and rods. They were seen standing outside the hostels as well. This masked mob has been allegedly running amok inside the JNU campus.
Raman Thakur, a JNU student, told Asiaville, “outsiders entered the campus in the evening. First, they started the rampage and later started to attack the JNU students. Students are so afraid that they have been hiding inside the hostels. They have stone pelted on girls hostels.” Thakur said that these outsiders attacked Sabarmati Hostel, Periyar Hostel and were moving towards Koyna hostel as he was speaking. The entrance inside the university was reportedly blocked by the Delhi Police after the reports of massive violence inside the campus surfaced.
JNU professor Sucharita Sen was too attacked by these masked men inside the JNU campus.
Former JNUSU president N Sai Balaji accused that the ABVP members are behind these attacks on the JNU community
On the other hand, the ABVP has alleged that several activists associated with Left students’ bodies have attacked ABVP members inside the campus. JNU ABVP unit president Durgesh Kumar said, “Left activists have attacked common students including ABVP members. In the evening, the left goons in large numbers attacked the ABVP members. When we tried to hide inside the hostels, they dragged us out and attacked us. While several ABVP members are getting medical treatment at AIIMS, our 11 members are missing.”
Undeclared emergency in JNU by communist goons!— ABVP (@ABVPVoice) January 5, 2020
National General Secretary @nidhitripathi92 speaks about the brutal attack by the Leftist goons of SFI, AISA and DSF on ABVP karyakartas and students in JNU. @abvpjnu #LeftAttacksJNU pic.twitter.com/kjh9GA4TPa
Congress backed the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and termed the violence as “state-sponsored terror attack on JNU.” According to its national president, Neeraj Kundan, these attacks are targeted at students as they have been protesting against the fee hike.
Kundan said, "The state-sponsored terror attack on JNU today by ABVP under direct orders from BJP and Amit Shah with the protection of Delhi Police shows up to which extent the government can fall to suppress students.” He alleged that girls students were dragged out of their hostels and attacked “for asking for the reversal in fees hike.”
“We are entering a new phase of state-sponsored terrorism in India. And only Modi-Shah-RSS is to be blamed for it," Kundan said.
The JNU administration in a statement has accepted that there has been a law and order situation in the JNU campus since the evening. JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said, “Masked miscreants armed with sticks are roaming around, damaging property and attacking people. The JNU administration has called the police to maintain order.” He further added that efforts were being made to “tackle the miscreants,”
The BJP has tweeted condemning the violence.
We strongly condemn the violence on JNU campus. This is a desperate attempt by forces of anarchy, who are determined to use students as cannon fodder, create unrest to shore up their shrinking political footprint. Universities should remain places of learning and education.— BJP (@BJP4India) January 5, 2020
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has responded to this extraordinary situation inside the university campus. It has rushed seven ambulances to JNU to provide medical help for injured students and professors. More ambulances have been kept on standby, said the government.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted responding to the violence at JNU: “I am so shocked to know about the violence at JNU. Students attacked brutally. Police should immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside the university campus?”
I am so shocked to know abt the violence at JNU. Students attacked brutally. Police shud immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside univ campus?— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 5, 2020
Kejriwal has reached out to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal urging him “to direct police to restore order.” He said that LG Baijal “has assured that he is closely monitoring the situation and taking all necessary steps.”
The brutal attack on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 5, 2020
The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today’s violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear.
Delhi Police, in its official statement on the JNU violence said: "Tension was on between two groups for two days. On request of Jawaharlal Nehru University Administration police has entered the campus today."
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) has issued a statement condemning the attack.
"It has come to Ministry's notice that a group of masked people entered the JNU campus today, threw stones, damaged property and attacked students. This is very unfortunate and highly condemnable, such acts of violence and anarchy will not be tolerated," it said.