JNU Violence LIVE Updates: 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. Yadav said no one was there to stop the "hooliganism" and he was not allowed to speak to the media. He alleged that police personnel were standing but were not doing anything, saying "if the police is afraid, they can take out their uniform".
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."
Jan 5, 2020 11:55 pm (IST)
Priyanka Gandhi says Modi and Shah's goons are rampaging through universities:
India has an established global reputation as a liberal democracy. Now Modi-Shah’s goons are rampaging through our universities, spreading fear among our children, who should be preparing for a better future..1/2
Teachers Turn up at Police HQ | The teachers who went inside the ITO headquarters to talk with police say that police has given no positive response to them. Teachers from Delhi University are also approaching ITO in large numbers. Around 30-40 teachers from Jamia have also reached. Pressure is being built to make the campus secure immediately and to identify and arrest goondas immediately.
Jan 5, 2020 11:49 pm (IST)
FTII Students Protest JNU Attack | Students of the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune on late Sunday night staged a protest condemning the attack on students of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. They held a demonstration outside the gate of the premier film institute, holding banners with message "FTII stands with JNU, condemns the violence of ABVP Goons".
Jan 5, 2020 11:47 pm (IST)
Standing Counsel (Criminal), Government of NCT of Delhi Rahul Mehra condemns police inaction at JNU:
I, as Standing Counsel @DelhiPolice, hang my head in shame after witnessing video clips of goons merrily entering JNU campus, creating mayhem &grievously injuring innocent students, damaging public property and then exiting the campus in capital city. Where is our force @CPDelhi?
IIT-Bombay Expresses Solidarity with JNU | Students of IIT-Bombay condemn the violence against JNU students and take out a protest against it.
Jan 5, 2020 11:36 pm (IST)
DMK Student Wing strongly condemns the brutality of ABVP. "ABVP & BJP must remember one thing, we, the students are neither frightened of them nor would give up our protests. Our fight for freedom from fascism would not be shaken by the violent acts of BJP, ABVP and their stooges. The government should immediately intervene & arrest the ABVP goondas who not only attacked the students, professors of JNU but also vandalised the university properties," it read.
Jan 5, 2020 11:34 pm (IST)
Aaditya Thackeray condemns attack on JNU students: "The violence and brutality faced by students, while protesting, is worrisome. Be it Jamia, be it JNU. Students mustn’t face brutal force! Let them be! These goons must face action. They must be brought to time bound and swift justice."
Jan 5, 2020 11:33 pm (IST)
Industrialist Anand Mahindra condemns the violence at JNU today:
It doesn't matter what your politics are. It doesn't matter what your ideology is. It doesn't matter what your faith is. If you're an Indian, you cannot tolerate armed, lawless goons. Those who invaded JNU tonight must be traced & hunted down swiftly & given no quarter...
Protests at Aligarh Muslim University against violence on JNU students earlier today:
Jan 5, 2020 11:21 pm (IST)
BJP leader Manoj Tiwari at AIIMS to meet injured students:
Jan 5, 2020 11:19 pm (IST)
After Priyanka Gandhi and Meenakshi Lekhi, AAP's Sanjay Singh is now reaching AIIMS where several injured JNU students and a professor are receiving treatment.
Jan 5, 2020 11:18 pm (IST)
Salman Khurshid: "I have come here because I believe voice of young people is voice of India's soul and everyone trying to crush there voice is trying to crush soul of India."
Jan 5, 2020 11:17 pm (IST)
Delhi Traffic Police: Traffic movement is closed on Vikas Marg due to demonstration. Kindly avoid the stretch.
Jan 5, 2020 11:17 pm (IST)
Salman Khurshid Joins Protests at Police HQ | Senior Congess leader Salman Khurshid joined the protests at the police headquartes at ITO against the violence on JNU campus.
Jan 5, 2020 11:15 pm (IST)
JNU Issues Statement | It is unfortunate that violence took place in JNU campus this evening. 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.
Jan 5, 2020 11:08 pm (IST)
D Raja: "Is this the way to deal with students? Female students are being attacked. Why are street lights are being switched off? There is a concerted effort to destroy JNU."
Jan 5, 2020 11:07 pm (IST)
AMU Protests against Violence at JNU | Protests break out at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) against violence at JNU campus.
Jan 5, 2020 11:05 pm (IST)
Meenakshi Lekhi Arrives at AIIMS | BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi arrives at AIIMS shortly after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi visited injured JNU students here and a scuffle broke out between Congerss and BJP workers.
Jan 5, 2020 11:03 pm (IST)
Students Told Me Goons Attacked Them: Priyanka Gandhi | Priyanka Gandhi tweets after her AIIMS visit, "There is something deeply sickening about a government that allows and encourages such violence to be inflicted on their own children."
Wounded students at AIIMS trauma centre told me that goons entered the campus and attacked them with sticks and other weapons. Many had broken limbs and wounds on their heads. One student said the police kicked him several times on his head.
Protests at Police headquarters intensifies as number of protesters increase. Multiple student organisations including JNU and Jamia join protests at the headquarters. Left party leaders have aso arrived.
Jan 5, 2020 10:59 pm (IST)
Indira Jaising: "Send emails to Chief Justice of India to take suo moto notice and summon Commissioner of police and direct police to protect life and liberty of students staff and teachers . This address email@example.com"
Jan 5, 2020 10:51 pm (IST)
Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh: "Why do you need to cover your face? Because you know you are doing something wrong, illegal & punishable. There is no honour in this-Its horrific to see the visuals of students & teachers brutally attacked by masked goons inside JNU-Such violence cannot & should not be tolerated."
Jan 5, 2020 10:50 pm (IST)
Congres sleader Ajay Maken: "JNU is one of prestigious institutes... AND if this is happening then its a shame. Home minister should ask all his goons to go back. Why are they here? They don't want us even to visit injured? We have come from student politics... what are police doing."
Jan 5, 2020 10:48 pm (IST)
NCP chief Sharad Pawar: "JNU students and professors were subjected to a cowardly but planned attack. I strongly condemn this undemocratic act of vandalism and violence. Use of violent means to suppress democratic values and thought will never succeed."
Jan 5, 2020 10:45 pm (IST)
Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank: "The violence in JNU is extremely worrying and unfortunate. I condemn the violence within the campus. I appeal to all students to maintain the dignity of the University and peace on campus."
Jan 5, 2020 10:44 pm (IST)
BJP Condemns Violence at JNU Campus | After its Unoin Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar tweeted condemning the violence at JNU, the BJP also posted a tweet saying that universites should remain places of learning and education.
We strongly condemn the violence on JNU campus. This is a desperate attempt by forces of anarchy, who are determined to use students as cannon fodder, create unrest to shore up their shrinking political footprint. Universities should remain places of learning and education.
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill poses questions for the BJP:
4 Q’s for #BJP: 1. How did masked men enter #JNU? 2. Why Police remains a mute spectator & delay in response time? 3. Why HM & PM r silent whenever students r attacked? 4. How come only those campuses come under attack frm where voices of dissent against Govt come? #JNUViolencepic.twitter.com/3eyxh4s7t0
A video showed blood dripping from Ghosh's head after she was ruthlessly thrashed. "I've been brutally attacked by those who were masked. I don't know, I have been bleeding. I am not even in a condition to talk. I was brutally beaten up," the JNUSU president said, following which she was rushed to a hospital. A professor, Sucharita Sen, has also been admitted to AIIMS with head injury.
In a statement, the 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.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused police of violence and appealed to 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?
On Saturday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration had said that students agitating over the hike in hostel fees "ransacked" the server room and "intimidated" the technical staff, hampering the semester registration process.
But JNUSU said the administration used "masked" security guards to attack students. "They were shamefully wearing masks. JNUSU president was openly slapped by one of the security guards," alleged the students' union, which has called for a boycott of the process over the increase in hostel fees.