JNU violence flares up protests across the country.
As the reports of clashes and attack on the students at the JNU violence in hostels started coming in, the university’s students’ union alleged that the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was behind the attack.
The JNUSU, on Twitter, “ABVP attackers, with covered faces, are trying to enter Periyar Hostel by climbing the pipes. ABVP members wearing masks were moving around on the campus with lathis, rods, and hammers.”
JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh suffered a head injury. All 34 students who were admitted to AIIMS trauma centre were discharged on Monday morning.
Students in university campuses across the country and even abroad staged protests in solidarity with JNU students and condemned the violence that took place in the varsity.
“Today it is them, tomorrow it could be us. Violence in any form is condemnable. We stand by our friends in JNU,” Raiza, a Pondicherry University student.
Reactions of Political leaders.
“The violence against students and teachers in JNU is shameful and condemnable. The Centre should take it seriously and it would be better to order a judicial probe into it.” Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati condemn the violence inside JNU.
“In solidarity with the brave students of JNU. This cruel attack is meant to ‘punish’ JNU students because they dared to stand up. It’s so bad that even Union Ministers are tweeting helplessly. Modi Sarkar must answer why cops are siding with goon.” Owaisi expresses solidarity with JNU students and teachers.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaikalso condemns the attack on JNU. “Shocked to know about the violent JNU attack. Violence has no space in democracy and such attacks on students must be condemned unequivocally. Appeal law enforcement agencies to take stiff action to apprehend the culprits and wish the injured students speedy recovery.”
Maharashtra’s CM Uddhav Thackeray compares the violence in JNU with 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. “Students are feeling unsafe in this country. But the students in Maharashtra are safe. I will not let anything like this happen in my state,” : CM Thackeray.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi blames Modi government for the violence unleashed on the JNU students. She has asked for an independent judicial inquiry in the JNU violence.
The HRD ministry on Monday met officials from the JNU administration. The ministry was briefed on the sequence of events that took place on the campus and the measures taken to restore normalcy.
Union Minister Smriti Irani referring to the JNU violence says that campuses should not be made a ‘political battlefield’. “I had said it earlier and reiterating it now that educational institutions should not be made ‘rajniti ka akhada’ (political battlefield) as it affects the life and progress of our students.”