Masked mobs run riot at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Fresh violence erupted in Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday evening after a mob pelted stones at protesting students and brutally attacked JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh.

The incident took place during a march in the varsity around 5pm when masked individuals with rods entered Sabarmati hostel.

After violence broke out on the campus, JNU registrar Pramod Kumar said in a statement, “This is an urgent message for the entire JNU community that there is a law and order situation on the campus. Masked miscreants armed with sticks are roaming around, damaging property and attacking people. The JNU Administration has called the police to maintain order.”

The JNU administration strongly condemns any form of violence in the campus.

“Some masked miscreants also entered the Periyar hostel rooms and attacked the students with sticks and rods. Some of the security guards doing duties at these places were also badly injured…It is unfortunate that a group of students with their violent means of protests are preventing thousands of non-agitating students from pursuing their academic activities. The JNU administration stands by every student who wants to continue their academic programs peacefully in the campus,” the statement read.

In a statement, the JNU Students’ Union alleged that “ABVP had been attacking students who are peacefully protesting against massive fee hike in JNU”.

“Yesterday (Saturday) a mob led by Ritwik Raj who is councillor from School of International Studies belonging to ABVP attacked students. Then they attacked JNUSU President and General Secretary Aishe and Satish and other students. Dripta a 1st year MA student leg was broken due to ABVP violence. Today they shamelessly attacked students again injuring a student from JNU’s Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health,” JNUSU’s statement read.

Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav was allegedly manhandled outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus where a clash broke out between members of the students’ union and the ABVP. He alleged that police personnel were standing but were not doing anything, saying “if the police is afraid, they can take out their uniform”.

Protests broke out at the police headquarters at ITO against the violence on JNU campus. Students from JNU and Jamia joined. Protests also broke out at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) against violence at JNU campus.