Violence At JNU: Students, Teachers Attacked By 'Goons'

Publish On: 06 Jan, 2020 11:30 AM | Updated   |   Arnima  

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, on Sunday, was barred by some masked goons, armed with sticks and stones, who ended up beating the students and teachers and spread chaos and terror inside the university premises. As many as five teachers and 19 students from the left-backed-groups were injured and hospitalized.

The left students and ABVP are busy accusing each other of involvement in the attack, while JNU authorities called the police late in the evening.

Police held a flag march declaring the situation normal.

JNU teachers and students have insisted that miscreants are still inside the campus and no one is safe in the premises. Students have also accused the University authorities and the police of complicity.

Home Minister Amit Shah, however, has asked the Delhi Police Chief Amulya Patnaik for a minute-to-minute report regarding the misdeed.

Meanwhile, hundreds gathered outside the city police headquarters and protested against the violence.

According to the eyewitnesses, "There were at least 50 goons who had entered the campus late evening, to whom the students have tagged as, 'unknown ABVP goons' and accused that they did beat professors who are trying to protect the students."

According to the students, "The police have been on campus since afternoon but they have done nothing."

A professor in JNU Atul Sood stated, "The mob threw stones and entered hostels. They 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 vandalised, including my car."

While there is a blame game going on between the two groups inside the JNU, the University authorities have condemned the violence and said that Sunday's incident was linked to the agitation over fee hike.

"Students who have opposed the hike wanted to disrupt the admission process and there have been clashes and vandalism on Friday and Saturday," said JNU administration.

The Delhi Police officials said, "We carried out an extensive flag March. The hostel areas have been secured and there is no report of violence."

Meanwhile, Congress's General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the injured students who are admitted in AIIMS. Priyanka also met JNU Students' Union President Ashie Ghosh who was bleeding heavily when taken to the hospital. According to Ghosh, "I was singled out and hit on the head by men who entered the University Campus with the blessings of the guards, the administration and the police."