The most controversial university in the country, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has again hit the news headlines for the same reason it is most known for. Some masked miscreants armed with lathis and other harmful objects entered the university premises in the evening of the Sunday, January 5. The miscreants, reportedly, attacked the students inside the varsity campus. While Leftist backed students accuse Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the hooliganism inside the varsity campus, the vice-versa is accused by ABVP.
Several videos have surfaced on the social media revealing the gravity of the assault on the JNU students. While the Congress party has called this a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed terror while BJP has refuted the baseless claims. “Students beaten up in #JNU, Teachers beaten up in #JNU, Goons vandalising women’s hotel. Brutality & beatings unleashed. No Police anywhere, No JNU Administration! Is this how Modi Govt seeks revenge against students & youth? #SOSJNU,” tweeted Congress leader, Randeep Surjewala in a series of his tweets in reaction to the JNU attack.
Students beaten up in #JNU
Teachers beaten up in #JNU
Goons vandalising women’s hotel.
Brutality & beatings unleashed.
No Police anywhere,
No JNU Administration!
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 5, 2020
The Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and BJP leader from Kerala, Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, reacted to the JNU violence and called the attack backed by Leftist and Congress party. “The students of the extreme left and Congress are behind the violence. They want to sabotage the normal functioning of the campus,” reacted Murleedharan, quoted India Today.
The video footage shows JNU student union (JNUSU) president, Aishe Ghosh, bearing head injury while it’s General Secretary Satish Chandra also injured in the January 5 clash. The injured students have been rushed to the nearby hospitals where they are being treated. The JNUSU alleges ABVP for the violence, while ABVP is accusing Left party and Congress party backed students for the violence.
The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, spoke to the Delhi police commissioner and asked to restore normalcy. “Union Home Minister has spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner over JNU violence and instructed him to take necessary action. Hon’ble minister has also ordered an enquiry to be carried out by a Joint CP level officer and asked for a report to be submitted as soon as possible.” tweeted Office of Union Home Minister, Amit Shah.
Union Home Minister has spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner over JNU violence and instructed him to take necessary action. Hon’ble minister has also ordered an enquiry to be carried out by a Joint CP level officer and asked for a report to be submitted as soon as possible.
— गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) January 5, 2020
The ABVP JNU unit president, Durgesh Kumar, had earlier accused 4-5 hundred students of Left behind thrashing of ABVP activists in the Periyar hostel of JNU. “Around four to five hundred members of the Left gathered around the Periyar hostel, vandalised the hostel and forcibly entered the hostel to thrash the ABVP activists inside,” said Durgesh while speaking to news agency IANS. The ABVP president added that the Left backed miscreants had used baton to thrash his activists and hurled stones which resulted into numerous head injuries. “They hurled stones, used batons to thrash students inside,” added Durgesh to IANS.
It will be prejudice to claim if the attack by the masked miscreants belonged to ABVP or Left or Congress, as it’s a matter of a thorough investigation. The matter has been referred to the Delhi Crime Branch which will submit it’s findings to the Delhi police as well as the union home ministry. It will only then be right to believe any claims made by any political leader or party. Till then, every Indian must restrain from any violence or protest relating to the matter.