New Delhi: 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.
According to information, the incident took place during a march in the varsity around 5pm when masked individuals with rods entered Sabarmati hostel.
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.
Some students claimed that DUSU president from ABVP, Satender Awana, was also seen on the campus.
Countering JNUSU’s claims, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad put out images alleging that “leftist goons proceeded with unimaginable violence on ABVP activists of JNU”.
Emergency in JNU. Leftist goons of JNU accompained with their cadre from other universities have crossed every limit. They have proceeded with unimaginable violence on ABVP activists of JNU. @ABVPVoice #RED_TERROR_IN_JNU #Red_Violence pic.twitter.com/BEQf9caL1G— ABVP JNU (@abvpjnu) January 5, 2020
An Aam Aadmi Party worker claimed that seven ambulances have been sent to JNU and other vehicles are on standby.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused police of violence and appealed to restore peace.
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.
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