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JNU Violence LIVE: BJP, Left Workers Clash in Jadavpur During Stir Against Delhi Mob Attack, Police Use Baton

News18.com | January 6, 2020, 8:22 PM IST
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JNU Violence LIVE Updates: Hours after a masked mob brutally attacked students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University, students across the country took to the streets to protest against the horrific incident. In Mumbai, students from across educational institutions gathered at the Gateway of India and raised slogans — some against the ABVP that was allegedly behind the attack — demanding that the Centre act against the assailants who also defaced JNU property.

Students of the Aligarh Muslim University took out a candlelight march, while students in Hyderabad held a demonstration. Kolkata’s Jadavpur University and Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India also joined in the protests.
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Jan 6, 2020 7:44 pm (IST)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says, "I can certainly tell you, when I studied in JNU, we didn't see any 'tukde tukde' gang there."

Jan 6, 2020 7:37 pm (IST)

Modi Govt Faces Unprecedented Criticism | The Modi government faces massive criticism from the opposition, youths, actors, activists and business tycoons over the "horrifying" violence on JNU students, with the Congress describing the rampage by  masked goons as an example of "state-sponsored terrorism" reminiscent of Nazi rule. Congress' Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, NCP's Sharad Pawar, CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury, CPI's D Raja, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and JD-U's K C Tyagi were among those who strongly condemned the attacks on JNU students. 

Jan 6, 2020 7:33 pm (IST)

Responded to Situation Professionally: Delhi Police | The Delhi Police rejected the charge of reaching the Jawaharlal Nehru University late despite several pleas by students' unions, asserting that they responded to PCR calls and law-and-order situation professionally to control the violence on the campus. Addressing reporters, Delhi Police spokesperson Mandeep Singh Randhawa said the internal security of the JNU lies with the varsity administration. On the probe initiated after a masked mob attacked students on the campus on Sunday, he said the Crime Branch had found some vital clue and were working on it. 

Jan 6, 2020 7:12 pm (IST)

Visually Challenged Student Assaulted | Surya Prakash, a visually challenged student, was beaten too. "They came to my room and beat with me rods. I told them I am blind but they continued the assault. I have been hit badly and I will have to go for an X-ray. I'm scared," he said.

Jan 6, 2020 7:07 pm (IST)

Student Recounts Sunday Evening Horror | A Kashmiri student, requesting anonymity, said he was chased by the mob and had jump from the first floor with his friends. "We were three-four friends inside a room. Suddenly, some of our friends came running and said, 'The ABVP is coming with lathis and rods'. We latched the room but within a few seconds, they started banging on it with lathis. They also broke glass windows on top of the door. Scared, we opened the balcony door and jumped from the first floor. Otherwise they would have killed us," news agency PTI quoted the student as saying.

Jan 6, 2020 6:54 pm (IST)

Cong Fact-finding Committee to Probe JNU Violence | The Congress today appointed a four-member fact-finding committee to carry out a detailed inquiry into the violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). "The Congress president has appointed a fact-finding committee on the JNU incident. They have been asked to conduct a detailed inquiry into the incident of violence in JNU campus and (will) submit the report to the party chief within a week," a statement from AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said. The members of the fact-finding committee are Sushmita Dev, the Mahila Congress chief, Hibi Eden, an MP and former NSUI president, Syed Naseer Hussain, an MP and former president of JNU NSUI and Amrita Dhawan, a former NSUI president and ex-DUSU president.

Jan 6, 2020 5:44 pm (IST)

Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) President Aishe Ghosh speaks to the media. In Sunday evening's attack, Ghosh suffered a deep cut on her forehead and was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi for observation.

Jan 6, 2020 5:27 pm (IST)

Violence in JNU was Organised Attack: Aishe Ghosh | JNU Students' Union President Aishe Ghosh, who was injured in violence on the campus, on Monday alleged it was an organised attack. "It was an organised attack. They were singling out people and attacking. There is a clear nexus of JNU security and vandals. They did not intervene to stop violence," Ghosh told reporters. "For last 4-5 days, some RSS-affiliated professors were promoting violence to break our movement. Are we wrong to ask for safety from the JNU and Delhi Police," she added.

Jan 6, 2020 5:19 pm (IST)

AMU Rise in Protest for 2nd Day | Hundreds of AMU students today held a rally on the varsity campus after taking out a 'Tiranga March' from Purani Changi to Babey Sir Syed Gate to protest against the violence in JNU last evening. Raising slogans "JNU tum sangharsh karo, hum tumhare saath hain" (JNU you fight, we are with you), the protesters handed over a memorandum, addressed to President of India, to the district authorities here. The memorandum by the Aligarh Muslim University students, among other things, also demanded "immediate punishment to those responsible for attack on JNU students and teachers".

Jan 6, 2020 5:14 pm (IST)

Industry Leaders Condemn JNU Violence | Top industrialists Anand Mahindra, Harsh Mariwala and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw have condemned violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday night, saying such acts cannot be tolerated and the perpetrators must be hunted down swiftly. Speaking up against the violence, Marico Ltd Chairman Harsh Mariwala tweeted, "Coming from the land of non-violence, it's unbecoming of us to witness and encourage these acts of violence. Extremely hurt seeing last evening's news".

Jan 6, 2020 5:07 pm (IST)

In Lucknow people from civil society, college teachers and students sit on a dharna to protest against attack on JNU.

Jan 6, 2020 4:01 pm (IST)

The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University protest against the Sunday evening attack on campus.

Jan 6, 2020 3:59 pm (IST)

Day after a veiled mob attacked several JNU students and vandalised the campus, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, "The university has constantly been targeted for last the five years."

Jan 6, 2020 3:16 pm (IST)

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar condemned the attack on students and teachers in JNU and accused the Congress, the AAP and the left parties of creating an atmosphere of unrest in the country. "I condemn the violence which took place last night in JNU. Some elements from Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the Left are deliberately trying to create an atmosphere of violence and unrest in the country, especially in universities. This should be investigated," Javadekar tweeted. Reacting to the incident that occurred on Sunday night, the minister of environment and information and broadcasting, questioned the presence of some politicians inside the campus at the time of the incident, saying it was a conspiracy by them.

Jan 6, 2020 3:09 pm (IST)

Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association demanded the removal of Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar after the attack on students and faculty members by an armed masked mob. Addressing a press conference, the JNU teachers also demanded an inquiry into the violence yesterday when a masked mob armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus.

Jan 6, 2020 3:03 pm (IST)

Police Deployed Outside AMU and BHU | Police have been deployed at AMU, a day after violence at JNU. Additional police force was also deployed outside the Banaras Hindu University. The state government has also deployed forces outside different universities in the state. 

Jan 6, 2020 2:52 pm (IST)

Gehlot and Pilot Condemns Violence | Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot have condemned the violence in JNU, saying fascists are afraid of the voices of brave students. "The brutal attack on JNU students and teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking.The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. The violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear," Gehlot said in a tweet on Sunday night. He condemned the attack on students saying, students, teachers were beaten, hostels were vandalised but there was no police inside the campus to stop it. Deputy CM Sachin Pilot described the attack as shameful and cowardly.

Jan 6, 2020 2:40 pm (IST)

Perpetrators Should be Identified and Arrested: Chidambaram | Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, "This incident is perhaps the most clinching evidence that we are rapidly descending into anarchy. It happened in the national capital in India’s foremost University under the watch of Central govt, Home Minister, LG and Police Commissioner. We demand that the perpetrators of violence be identified and arrested within 24 hours and brought to justice. We also demand that accountability on officers be fixed and action taken immediately." 

Jan 6, 2020 2:11 pm (IST)

JNUSU Behind Campus Violence: ABVP | ABVP alleges that JNUSU was behind the violence in JNU. "It was a preplanned attack. JNUSU was behind campus violence. JNUSU president led masked goons inside the campus," ABVP said.

Jan 6, 2020 1:59 pm (IST)

Campuses and Colleges Raided Across India: Sonia Gandhi | Sonia Gandhi speaking on JNU violence said, “The voice of India’s youth and students is being muzzled everyday. The horrifying and unprecedented violence unleashed on India’s young by goons with active abetment of the ruling Modi Govt is deplorable and unacceptable. Everyday campuses and colleges are raided across India, either by the police or lumpen elements with the support of the BJP government. Yesterday’s bone chilling attack on students and teachers in JNU, Delhi is a grim reminder of the extent the Govt will go to stifle and subjugate every voice of dissent." 

Jan 6, 2020 1:56 pm (IST)

Attack Reminds Me of 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack: Uddhav | Uddhav Thackeray said, "Attack on JNU students reminds me of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Students feeling unsafe in this country." Shiv Sena Chief also compared the masked attackers to cowards and demanded that their identity should be revealed.

Jan 6, 2020 1:52 pm (IST)

Clash between ABVP and NSUI in Rajasthan University | Clash between ABVP and NSUI was reported during the protest march in Rajasthan University in Jaipur over JNU violence issue. Both ABVP and NSUI held protest at university campus over JNU issue but student leaders of both organisations manhandled when both were blaming each other for violence in JNU.

Jan 6, 2020 1:49 pm (IST)

Delhi Govt Wants to Save Tukde Tukde Gang: Amit Shah | Speaking on the JNU violence, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "Delhi government wants to save tukde tukde gang. Students who raised anti-India slogans should be put behind the bars or not? But Kejriwal (Delhi CM) is not giving sanction to Police to prosecute them."

Jan 6, 2020 1:40 pm (IST)

Voice of India’s Youth and Students Muzzled Everyday: Sonia Gandhi | Reacting to the violence against JNU students, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi said, "The voice of India’s youth and students is being muzzled everyday. The horrifying and unprecedented violence unleashed on India’s young by goons with active abetment of the ruling Modi Govt is deplorable and unacceptable. Yesterday’s bone chilling attack on students and teachers in JNU, Delhi is a grim reminder of the extent the Govt will go to stifle and subjugate every voice of dissent."

Jan 6, 2020 1:24 pm (IST)

D Raja Calls Incident 'Cowardly Fascist Attack' | Condemning the violence in JNU, CPI General Secretary D Raja demanded that Home Minister Amit Shah explain to the nation what happened in the country's premier University. Addressing a press conference at the party office here, Raja said this "cowardly fascist attack" is a part of a design to denigrate the name of JNU and justify the repression on those who oppose government policies. He said the party demands that adequate protection should be given to teachers and students of the JNU. 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.

Jan 6, 2020 1:00 pm (IST)

PU Students Shout Slogans During Seminar | Some students shouted slogans during a seminar at the Panjab University here to protest the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. The students shouted slogans when Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta was speaking a seminar- 'Women's Participation in Decision Making' at the PU campus here. Protesters including girls students were taken out of the seminar hall by the security personnel. Later talking to media, one of the protesters Kanupriya strongly condemned the attack on the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) President Aishe Ghosh. Talking to reporters, Gupta described the protest as "a premeditated act".

Jan 6, 2020 12:35 pm (IST)

Swati Maliwal Issues Summons to Delhi Police | Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal issues summons to Police over assault on female students inside the JNU campus yesterday. JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh was also among the injured and later admitted to AIIMS. 

Jan 6, 2020 12:30 pm (IST)

Asaduddin Owaisi Calls Incident 'Cowardly' | Condemning the violence Asaduddin Owaisi said, "There is no doubt these people were given the green signal by the powers that be. They had covered their faces in a cowardly way and were allowed to enter JNU with rods and sticks. Worst is there is a video which shows Police allowed them safe passage". The visuals from the university campus show the vandalism after masked men attacked JNU students.

Jan 6, 2020 12:23 pm (IST)

Actor Sushant Singh also reaches Gateway of India where students are protesting against yesterday's violence against JNU students. Bollywood actors Swara Bhasker, Shabana Azmi, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Taapsee Pannu, and filmmakers Aparna Sen and Hansal Mehta also condemned the violence at JNU and urged Delhi Police to intervene.

Jan 6, 2020 12:03 pm (IST)

A group of students and citizens staged a protest in Hyderabad condemning the violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Expressing solidarity with the JNU students, the protesters gathered near Ambedkar statute on Tank Bund after midnight on Sunday and raised slogans like "Students Fraternity Zindabaad" and held placards that read "We are with you JNU". They raised slogans and held a candlelight protest and later dispersed, a senior police official said. The picture shows protest at Town Hall in Bengaluru. 

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JNU Violence LIVE: BJP, Left Workers Clash in Jadavpur During Stir Against Delhi Mob Attack, Police Use Baton

Violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) 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.

Over 20 people, including JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as chaos reigned on the campus late in the evening.

The violence drew strong reactions from opposition parties which hit out at the BJP and accused "those in power" of trying to scuttle the voice of students.

Senior Union ministers and JNU alumni S Jaishankar and Nirmala Sitharaman swiftly condemned the incident. Sitharaman asserted that the government wants universities to be safe spaces for all students.

The Home and HRD ministries sought reports from Delhi Police and JNU administration, respectively. Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to the Delhi Police chief and enquired about the situation at JNU. Sources said the violence started at around 5 PM.

The JNU administration said "masked miscreants armed with sticks were roaming around, damaging property and attacking people" and that police had been called in to maintain law and order.

The students alleged that the attackers entered hostels and assaulted students and teachers. Video footage aired by some TV channels showed a group of men, who were brandishing hockey sticks, moving around a building.

Delhi Police said it conducted a flag march and the situation was brought under control after it got a written request from the JNU administration.

The Left-controlled JNUSU and the ABVP blamed each other for the violence. The students' union alleged that its members, including Ghosh, were injured in stone pelting by ABVP members.

But the RSS-backed students' organisation alleged that its members were brutally attacked by Left-affiliated student outfits and 25 of them were injured, while 11 were missing. Among the injured was the secretary of its JNU unit.

The violence occurred while a public meeting by the JNU Teachers' Association was being held. "We had organised a peace meet at the tea point at 5 pm. As soon as it got over, we saw that a large number of people entered the campus and they started arbitrarily attacking teachers and students," R Mahalaxmi, a professor of History department, said.

"How did such a large number of people with rods in their hands enter the campus, that is what we are wondering about. I think they were political activist instigated by the people who always call us anti-nationals," Pradeep Shinde, another professor, said.

In a video shared online, Ghosh could be seen bleeding from the head. "I have been brutally beaten up by people wearing masks.... I was there with one of my activists when I was brutally beaten up. I am not even able to talk," she is heard saying in the video.

Earlier, 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.... The JNU Administration has called the police to maintain order." "This is the moment to remain calm and be on the alert.... Efforts are already being made to tackle the miscreants," he added.

The JNUSU claimed that "ABVP members wearing masks were moving around on the campus with lathis, rods and hammers". "They are pelting bricks...getting into hostels and beating up students. Several teachers have also been beaten up," the JNUSU claimed.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleged that Left student organisations SFI, AISA and DSF were behind the violence. "Around 25 students have been seriously injured in the attack and there is no information about whereabouts of 11 students. Many ABVP members are being attacked in hostels and the hostels are being vandalised by the Leftist goons," the ABVP claimed.

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "I am so shocked to know about the violence at JNU. Students attacked brutally. Police should immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside univ campus?" Kejriwal said he also spoke to the L-G over the issue.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal condemned Sunday's violence and said the situation was being "closely monitored". "The violence in JNU against students and teachers is highly condemnable. Directed @DelhiPolice to take all possible steps in coordination with JNU Administration to maintain law and order & take action against the perpetrators of violence. The situation is being closely monitored," he tweeted.

The Congress alleged that the attack on JNU students was a "state-sponsored mayhem". Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the injured at the AIIMS.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury blamed the ABVP for the violence and alleged that the attacks were "planned" by those in power. "It is a planned attack by those in power, which is afraid of the resistance provided by JNU to its Hindutva agenda," he tweeted.

An HRD Ministry official was quoted as saying by PTI, "We have sought an immediate report from the JNU registrar about the situation on the campus.We have spoken to the vice chancellor and Delhi police officials to ensure that peace is maintained on the campus."

A large section of JNU students have been taking part in the protests against the amended Citizenship Act in the national capital. The university was earlier embroiled in a major row over alleged anti-national slogans being raised by some students in February 2016.
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