After attacks, JNU becomes rallying cry for student protests that are pan-India day
New Delhi: The attack on students and teachers in the Jawarharlal Nehru University by unidentified goons triggered protests across India on Monday as the clamour grew for the resignation of the vice chancellor who is being blamed for inaction during the violence which left 34 people injured.
As dreadful first-person accounts emerged of the attack on Sunday evening, including on JNU students union president Aishe Ghosh, Delhi Police said no arrests have been made and that they have transferred the case to the Crime Branch, who claimed to have found”vital clues”
The violence was condemned by politicians of all parties. The opposition and JNU students blamed the ABVP, the students’ wing of the BJP for its violence, and accused the Delhi Police of inaction. The BJP said campuses shouldn’t become political battleground.
On Sunday, a mob of masked young people stormed the JNU campus in south Delhi and systematically targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods, hitting offenders and breaking windows, furniture and personal possessions. They attacked a women’s hostel.
“I was specifically targeted on Sunday during a peace march on campus. Around 20-25 masked persons disrupted the march and assaulted me with iron rods,” union president Ghosh, her head swathed in bandages, told PTI after being released from hospital earlier Monday. At least 15 stitches were received by her on the head, and her arm was in a cast after the assault.
The ABVP has been responsible, and subsequently, has blamed Ghosh’s Left-supported union of stage managing the violence. In addition, it claimed that many of its activists were hurt, but has not presented the media with any.
“For the last four-five days, some RSS affiliated professors were encouraging violence to violate our movement,” Ghosh alleged in a press conference later.
Also Union Home Minister Amit Shah talked to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and the HRD ministry to take stock of this situation that was volatile.
“The horrifying and unprecedented violence unleashed on India’s young by goons with busy abetment of the ruling Modi government is deplorable and unacceptable,” alleged Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Union minister Smriti Irani said \Rcampuses should not be made a”political battlefield” and expected students would not become political pawns.
With no face to the terror, of which did endless rounds of news stations and media videos of Sunday night, the tide of anger showed no signs of ebbing.
The assault against students of JNU and protests against the citizenship amendment act — that has seen a strike against the increase in fees — segued into one with students joining parties across the political spectrum to call for accountability.
The 34 people, including faculty members and students , who were admitted to the AIIMS trauma facility were discharged on Monday morning, officials said.
Huge protests took place Monday in universities from Pondicherry to Aligarh and Chandigarh to Kolkata. Protests were also held in the National Law University at Bangalore and IIT-Bombay as well as at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
In Mumbai, the protest continued.
Pupils of Calcutta University hold placards and raise slogans during a demonstration against the attacks on JNU students and CAA, in Kolkata, on Monday.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said JNU students were subjected to a”cowardly and intended assault”.
Bollywood spoke. “Horrifying”,”heartbreaking” and “barbaric” is how many in the film business, such as actors-filmmakers Anil Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Rajkummar Rao, Anurag Kashyap and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, described the assault.
The JNU campus was a battle zone with the shattered windowpanes and the shards of glass mute testimonies of this violence the night before.
As students began cleaning the debris, hundreds of security personnel swarmed the campus – and outside it too — keeping a watchful eye on the restless crowds that sang songs of revolution and raised slogans. Pupils packed their bags and left for their homes.
A Kashmiri student, requesting anonymity, said that he was chased by the mob and’d leap from the first floor with his buddies.
“We were three-four buddies within a room. Suddenly, a number of our friends came running and said,’The ABVP is coming with lathis and sticks’. We latched the space but within a couple of seconds, they began banging on it. They broke glass windows on top of the door. Scared, we opened the balcony door and jumped from the first floor.