A mob wearing masks, armed with lathis and stones attacked students and teachers protesting against the hostel fee hike in Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday.
Several students have been injured in the attack including Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh.
Terrified students sent SOS messages to friends, teachers and media personnel, accusing the RSS-linked Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) of the attack.
A video shared by ANI showed that people wearing masks and armed with lathis attacked as women students are heard screaming in the background.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president & students attacked by people wearing masks on campus. ‘What is this? Who are you? Step back, Who are you trying to threaten?… ABVP go back,’ can be heard in video. (note: abusive language) pic.twitter.com/gYqBOmA37c
— ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2020
JNUSU said students, as well as faculty members, have been targetted.
Delhi government said seven ambulances have been sent to JNU while 10 ambulances are on standby.
“ABVP in police presence is moving around with lathis, rods, hammers with their faces under masks. They are pelting bricks, climbing over walls and getting into hostels and beating up students. Several teachers and students have also been beaten up. JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh has been brutally attacked and her head is bleeding very badly. Students are trying to save themselves while being chased by ABVP goons while the police is complicit in their crimes, it is taking the orders from Sanghi Professors, forcing students to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai slogans!” the students union said in a statement.
Bleeding profusely Ghosh said she was brutally beaten up by goons wearing masks.
“I have been brutally attacked by goons wearing masks. I have been bleeding. I was brutally beaten up,” she said.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) President Aishe Ghosh at JNU: I have been brutally attacked by goons wearing masks. I have been bleeding. I was brutally beaten up. pic.twitter.com/YX9E1zGTcC
— ANI (@ANI) January 5, 2020
ABVP denied the accusations and levelled counter-allegations against the Left-associated student groups for violence.
“ABVP members have been brutally attacked by students affiliated to leftist student organizations SFI, AISA and DSF. Around 25 students have been seriously injured in this attack and there is no information as to the whereabouts of 11 students,” it said.
Many ABVP members are being attacked in hostels and the hostels are being vandalized by the leftist goons, it claimed.
Expressing shock on the incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said police should immediately restore peace.
“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?” he said.
Courtesy : DNA