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JNU News HIGHLIGHTS: 26 injured as masked mob unleash violence on campus, Shah orders probe

JNU violence highlights 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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 6, 2020 9:01:42 am
JNU violence Live News Updates: Police outside JNU campus after students and teachers were injured in the violence. (Express Photo)

JNU violence highlights: As many as 26 people were injured after a group of masked men wielding sticks, rods and sledgehammers terrorised Jawaharlal Nehru University for close to three hours on Sunday evening, while entering hostels and attacking students and teachers. 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.

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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. Among those injured were 22 students, including JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, two teachers and two guards, who have been admitted to AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah ordered the Delhi Police to hold an inquiry, as the HRD Ministry condemned the incident, blaming outsiders for it, and said “anarchy will not be tolerated”. Several Union ministers and JNU alumni, such as Nirmala Sitharaman and S Jaishankar, criticised the violence.

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JNUSU claimed members of ABVP were behind the attack. Here are the highlights

07:07 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: Protests continue outside Gateway of India in Mumbai

Protests against the attack on JNU students continue outside Gateway of India in Mumbai on Monday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

07:03 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: 'Cops at varsity gate, no one stopped the mob'

JNU Professor Shukla Sawant said she was hit on the head and back. “They just starting pelting huge stones at us and beating everyone,” she said. Professor Atul Sood said, “Police were at the JNU gate while all this was happening and nobody stopped this mob. For the next two hours they went from hostel to hostel.” A Masters student told The Indian Express over the phone around 9.45 pm: “When the mob began attacking, many of the women ran towards the women’s wing of Sabarmati Hostel. Around seven of us have been locked inside a room for three hours now. There are people with head injuries here.”

06:56 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: Teachers appeal for calm, get attacked instead

According to eyewitnesses, the crowd of masked men first gathered at Periyar Hostel, a couple of hours before the attacks started. Soori Krishan, an SFI activist, was among the first to get hit. “A large crowd with covered faces abused us in Hindi. When I started retorting, they hit me with a metal rod on my head. I’ve received two stitches and my hands are injured too,” said the MA student who was taken to AIIMS. The teachers said on seeing the group “of around 100 men with their faces covered, sticks and stones in hands” marching towards them, they approached them in a bid to placate them, but were attacked instead. One teacher said “the stones were big enough to crack a skull”.

06:52 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: What happened on Sunday night?

The chaos at JNU started around 6:30 pm on Sunday when a ‘peace march’ called by the JNU Teachers’ Association on campus was wrapping up. Teachers had gathered to call for calm a day after the campus had seen a scuffle between activists of the ABVP and Left outfits. The campus has been seeing protests against hostel fee hike for around three months. Police finally arrived outside the campus only around 7.30 pm, and said it held flag marches inside at regular intervals. By Sunday night, over 700 policemen were present on the campus.

06:11 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: AMU students hold vigil, demand immediate arrest

Students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Sunday late night took out a peaceful candlelight march inside the varsity premises in solidarity with students of JNU who were attacked by a mob of masked men. The march concluded at Bab-e-Syed gate of the campus.

Former AMU Students’ Union vice-president Hamza Sufyan said the students of AMU demand action against “those who assaulted unarmed students of JNU”. 

(Express photo)
04:46 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: Delhi Police holds meeting with students, teachers

Delhi Police PRO M S Randhawa held a meeting with a delegation of students and teachers after violence broke out at the Jawaharlal Nehru University here, officials said on Monday.

The delegation comprising students and teachers from JNU, Jamia and Delhi University submitted an application to the Delhi Police PRO with four demands, including urgent medical assistance to injured students and arrest of the accused behind the violence. (PTI)

04:16 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Registrar statement seeks to link fee hike protests to violence

As JNU students, including Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, were attacked by masked men Sunday, the administration, including the Vice-Chancellor, sought to suggest the students protesting against hostel fee hike were responsible for violence on campus. Click here to read more.

(Express photo: Abhinav Saha)
03:05 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: Before mayhem, WhatsApp chatter suggests planning

Messages urging people to “thrash the anti-nationals” in JNU allegedly did rounds of some WhatsApp groups in the hours leading up to the violence on campus Sunday. The Indian Express managed to contact six people from whose mobile numbers the messages threatening violence were made in the groups.

Out of the six, three said someone else may have “misused” their number to post the messages, one said his “friend posted the message”, two others said they entered the groups to “provide intel”. Click here to read more.

02:49 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: Two hours of campus terror

3:45 PM First news of masked men collecting at Periyar Hostel. SFI activist beaten up.

4 PM JNUTA’s peace march begins at Sabarmati T-point. Teachers and students in attendance.

5:30 PM News begins to trickle in of masked persons roaming around on campus. First PCR call by student at 5.57 pm

6:15 PM Amit Thorat, a teacher, heads to Periyar hostel to check. Rushes back after he is beaten up by the masked men

6:30 PM Mob moves towards the JNUTA site. Teachers attempt to engage in dialogue but are met with stones and lathis. Several injured.

7:30 PM JNUSU head Aishe Ghosh attacked while telling students not to panic.

Till 9 PM Mob runs riot inside 7 hostels.

02:32 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Delhi Police conducts flag march inside JNU campus

Delhi Police conducts flag march inside JNU campus after the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University yesterday.

02:11 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Protest at ITO over JNU violence

Demanding the arrest of the masked men who entered JNU and beat up students and teachers, hundreds of protesters from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University and other campuses gathered at the old Delhi Police headquarters in ITO Sunday night. Click here to read more.

(Express photo: Amit Mehra)
01:23 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Students continue to protest outside JNU campus

Students continue to protest outside JNU campus against the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University earlier today.

01:19 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Actors, filmmakers condemn violence at JNU

Bollywood actors Swara Bhasker, Shabana Azmi, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Taapsee Pannu, and filmmakers Aparna Sen and Hansal Mehta on Sunday condemned the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and urged Delhi Police to intervene.

Violence broke out at JNU on Sunday night after masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in the police. (PTI)

01:09 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Bloodied students, broken doors: Photos that describe JNU violence
01:01 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Yogendra Yadav at AIIMS trauma centre.

Yogendra Yadav was earlier manhandled outside JNU campus, where violence broke out on Sunday evening.

00:47 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Protest outside Delhi Police headquarters

Demanding that the police arrest the men who attacked JNU students, hundreds of students and some teachers from Jamia, DU and others gathered to protest and express solidarity with the injured in front of the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO.

00:40 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Attack meant to ‘punish’ JNU students for standing up: Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief in a tweet said: "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 goons".

00:36 (IST)06 Jan 2020
JNU violence: Candle light protest in Mumbai

(Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)
00:27 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Peace restored in JNU campus: Delhi Police

Delhi Police Sunday said that peace has has been restored in JNU after masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers, and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police that conducted a flag march, news agency PTI reported.

"We were informed that there was a clash between two groups of students. The JNU administration sought police assistance from us in writing," Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Anand Mohan said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) said private and public vehicles were damaged. "After we received written request from the JNU administration, we entered the campus and restored peace. Legal action will be taken," he was quoted as saying by the news agency.

00:13 (IST)06 Jan 2020
Hang my head in shame: Delhi Police Standing Counsel

"I, as Standing Counsel Delhi Police, hang my head in shame after witnessing video clips of goons merrily entering JNU campus, creating mayhem and grievously injuring innocent students, damaging public property and then exiting the campus in the capital city," Rahul Mehra tweets.

JNU violence: 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. "

JNU violence highlights: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) had boycotted the registration that began on Wednesday for the new semester, after the administration said hiked room rent would be levied from students during the process.

JNU students had also boycotted exams on the issue of hostel fee hike and had condemned the university for sending question papers to students via WhatsApp. The varsity administration had then warned the protesting students who had boycotted examinations that they would not be eligible to register in the next semester if they fall short of the academic requirements of the institution. The varsity conducted the evaluation in different modes- home assignments, quizzes, term papers, presentations, sessional examinations etc., it said.

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