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Hours after JNUSU election results: Left panel, ABVP claim assault, violence by each other on campus

JNU campus violence: "No legal action has been taken as of now and police are recording statements of all the students," a senior police officer told the Indian Express.

Heavy police deployment outside JNU. File/Express Photo

Hours after the results of JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls were announced Sunday evening in which the Left unity panel defeated the ABVP in all four central panel seats, the university campus witnessed alleged assault and violence with both groups putting the blame on the other.

Senior officers, including the Joint Commissioner of Police (New Delhi range) Ajay Chaudhary, rushed to the spot after they received a PCR call around 3 am. They held a meeting with the administration and students.

JNUSU president-elect N Sai Balaji said the ABVP “randomly attacked students” around 4am.

“I was called to the scene at Sutlej Hostel. As elected JNUSU president, I went to ensure Pawan Meena’s (AISA activist) safety who was attacked by ABVP students with sticks. Upon reaching, what I saw was mayhem. The mob led by Saurabh Sharma (former JNUSU joint secretary from ABVP) were attacking students with sticks.”

“They openly threatened me, (outgoing JNUSU president) Geeta, and other students present there with dire consequences if we intervened to stop the violence. The group turned into a mob and started attacking Abhinay, a former JNU student, in Jhelum hostel, chased him and attacked him. I ran with other students to save Abhinay who by then had fallen unconscious. We then took him to an ambulance and sent him for medical aid,” Balaji said.

Balaji said he was again threatened by the mob. “Fearing for my safety, some students asked me to sit inside the PCR vehicle. However, the mob led by Ashutosh Mishra and Saurabh Sharma stopped the PCR vehicle and got an ABVP student to sit beside me. These two students were repeatedly stopping the PCR and threatening me… I was assaulted inside the PCR van by ABVP students.”

Balaji was at Vasant Kunj North police station Monday morning to file a complaint in the matter. The newly elected office-bearers mobilised crowds in the campus to march to the police station to ensure an FIR was lodged.

N Sai Balaji addressing students at Mahi Mandavi Hostel right now. Express Photo/Aranya Shankar

The ABVP, however, said three of their activists had been assaulted.

“Just a while ago, three JNU students affiliated to ABVP were attacked by the criminals hiding as champions of Communist ideology. Around 15-20 Left workers, including non-students, were attacked in a targeted manner. They were led by Geeta Kumari and her friend Ankit Singh. They entered Sujal Yadav’s room, punched him and hit him with sticks. The left party workers had already fractured his hand yesterday. He has been attacked for the second time in 30 hours,” said Monika Chaudhary, ABVP national media convenor.

“The targeted violent attacks by the Left on ABVP students is a clear sign of an evil design unfolding in the campus. AISA-SFI and their allies have decided to turn things ugly in the JNU campus. Left wants turmoil in the campus… Left organisations are turning more and more aggressive and violent. In the present circumstances, the safety of the students, especially of those who are affiliated with ABVP, is in grave danger,” she said.

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The DCP said: “Complaints have been received at PS V K North. Legal action is being taken on merit. The situation is under control now and police arrangements are in place.”

First published on: 17-09-2018 at 10:49:45 am
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