JNU Violence: What Triggered the Latest Clashes

New Delhi: What started with a minor scuffle between two groups of JNU students over registration in the new semester, within days turned the varsity campus into a battle field on Sunday, leaving several students and teachers severely injured.

The violence that shook the entire nation as visuals of profusely bleeding girl students and injured teachers were shared saw its seeds planted on Friday when in an attempt to restrict students from getting registered for new semester, some students allegedly barged into the room used to provide power to Wifi connection to entire campus and shut down the connection.

Top administration officials said that the students were identified and the university is in process to get a FIR registered against them.

“At about 1 p.m., some 15-20 students barged into the Centre for Information System and locked the doors from inside. The electric connection to wifi devices wer shut down by these students,” the official had said.

The protesting students claimed that stopping the registration process was essential as the registration was being done as per hiked fee structure.

However from early Saturday, cases of minor scuffles started to rise, with the Left-controlled JNUSU alleging that protesters were beaten up by students aligned with the RSS-affiliated ABVP. The allegation were met by counter allegations by ABVP.

But the situation turned ugly on Sunday when about 20-25 students of the ABVP were thrashed and assaulted by unidentified students, who the ABVP alleged, were members of Left student organisations.

Soon after this incident, widespread violence broke out in the campus with students, including girls, assaulted in their hostel rooms by masked miscreants wielding wooden and iron rods and hostels vandalised. JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh was hit over her eye, with an iron road and taken to an hospital.

Some teachers were also injured in the violence, in which outsiders were also allegedly involved.


JNU violence: 25 of our members seriously injured, 11 missing, says ABVP

New Delhi: The ABVP on Sunday alleged that its members, including its JNU unit secretary, were attacked by members of the Left-backed students’ outfits and 11 of the RSS-affiliated outfit’s members were missing.

Violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleged that its members were “brutally” attacked by students affiliated to Left student organisations SFI, AISA and the DSF.

“Around 25 students have been seriously injured in this attack and there is no information as to the whereabouts of 11 students,” the outfit said. “Masked goons of Left entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University today and beat up the students who went for registration.”

“The JNU students affiliated to ABVP were brutally attacked,” it said.

According to the ABVP, its JNU unit secretary and its last year’s JNUSU presidential candidate, Manish Jangid, was “severely injured (his hand is fractured). Many students have suffered head injuries and a few students are still missing”.

The Left-controlled JNUSU and the ABVP blamed each other for the violence that continued for nearly two hours.

JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh suffered a head injury. The JNU administration said “masked miscreants armed with sticks were roaming around, damaging property and attacking people”. PTI SLB PR HMB

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