JNU attack
Masked attackers in JNU. Image credit - NDTV

At least 28 students, including some students from Assam, were injured as violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.

According to media reports, masked miscreants attacked students and teachers of the university and damaged property on the campus.

In the violence, the president of the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) Aishe Ghosh was also injured.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) claims their activists are not involved in JNU violence and blamed left groups.

Then the question arises, why would the left attack their own student union activists.

The ‘masked men’ attacked the students and teachers with rods and sticks.

Eyewitnesses said the 50-odd goons entered the campus around 6.30 pm.

The students’ union tweeted that the attackers were ‘unknown ABVP goons’ and were even beating up professors trying to protect students.

JNUSU vice-president Saket Moon said: “The police have been in the campus since afternoon, but they have done nothing”.

Others pointed to the delay in calling in the police and their failure to make any arrest.

The JNU on Sunday night said students opposing the semester registration process ‘moved aggressively’ in a bid to stop those supporting the process, triggering a clash, while ‘masked miscreants’ carrying sticks and rods went on a rampage in hostel rooms.

A JNU student, Khushbu Sharma, tweeted: “I am a JNU student. What I witnessed today was extremely horrific. The goons in front us beat our professors and chased us.”

She added, “We were fortunate to get into hostel. Many teachers and students are seriously injured.  Delhi, please stand with us!”

Rahul Mehra, standing counsel of Delhi Police, tweeted: “I, as Standing Counsel @DelhiPolice, hang my head in shame after witnessing video clips of goons merrily entering JNU campus, creating mayhem &grievously injuring innocent students, damaging public property and then exiting the campus in capital city. Where is our force @CPDelhi.”

While condemning the incident, NCP leader Sharad Pawar said: “JNU students and professors were subjected to a cowardly but planned attack. I strongly condemn this undemocratic act of vandalism and violence. Use of violent means to suppress democratic values and thought will never succeed.”

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said: “Wounded students at AIIMS trauma centre told me that goons entered the campus and attacked them with sticks and other weapons. Many had broken limbs and injuries on their heads. One student said the police kicked him several times on his head.”

The BJP has also strongly condemned the incident.

The BJP stated: “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.”

Meanwhile, Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has appealed to the students to maintain peace in the campus.

“I appeal to all students to maintain dignity of university and peace on campus,” said Nishank.

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