A scuffle between JNU students and ABVP supporters (right) outside the main gate of JNU. Express Photo by Abhinav Saha
In Mumbai, meanwhile, barely hours after the police evicted around a hundred protesters from the Gateway of India and dropped them at Azad Maidan, the 'Occupy Gateway' protest was called off. The protesters are likely to join the 'Bharat bandh' called by the trade unions tomorrow against the Centre's 'anti-people' policies. The police cited inconvenience to tourists and residents and shifted the protesters. "Roads were getting blocked and locals, as well as tourists, were facing problems. We had appealed to protesters many times and have now relocated them to Azad Maidan," Sangramsingh Nishandar, DCP (Zone 1) said.
Of the 36 injured in the attack, four suffered head injuries while the others sustained soft tissue injuries on the head, scalp, elbows, and hands. Aishe Ghosh who received 16 stitches after the attack on her, alleged that the Sunday violence was an organised attack, and some “RSS-affiliated professors” were promoting it.
The HRD Ministry has, meanwhile, expressed "displeasure" over the insensitivity displayed by the JNU administration. The Ministry also advised them not to "precipitate" the matter by pursuing police cases and disciplinary action against students. Both teachers and students injured in the violence said no one from the JNU administration had reached out to check on them.
Masked men wielding sticks, rods and sledgehammers terrorised Jawaharlal Nehru University for close to three hours on Sunday evening, entering hostels, attacking students and teacher. Eyewitnesses and many of those injured said the men, who as per some estimates numbered around 100, were mostly outsiders and belonged to the ABVP — a charge the RSS student outfit denied. Eyewitnesses also accused police of failing to stop the mob from entering the campus or ending the violence sooner, despite calls from JNU as well as frantic students and teachers.
A day after goons unleashed terror inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, the Delhi Police crime branch Monday registered a case against unidentified persons for rioting and damage to property. Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal this morning and directed him to speak to representatives of JNU regarding the violence. The development came after the L-G met the JNU Registrar and Pro-Vice-Chancellor this morning.
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal called the incident “unfortunate” and urged students to maintain peace and protect the dignity of the university. His ministry tweeted, “a group of masked people entered the JNU campus today, threw stones, damaged property and attacked students. This is very unfortunate and highly condemnable, such acts of violence and anarchy will not be tolerated.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting at his residence this morning, which was attended by senior AAP leaders. On Sunday, Kejriwal had expressed “shock” at the violence on campus. “Students attacked brutally. Police should immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside the university campus?” he had tweeted. He later said he had spoken to the L-G and urged him to direct the police to restore law and order on campus.
The senior warden of Sabarmati hostel in JNU resigned after citing security reasons at the campus. “I am informing you that I am resigning… because we tried but can’t provide the security to hostel,” the resignation letter read.