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JNU violence Live Updates: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday spoke to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and requested him to call representatives from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for discussions as protests against Sunday’s violence erupted across the country. Delhi Police, on the other hand, registered a case against unidentified people under the section of rioting and damage to property.

As many as 26 students and teachers were injured after a group of masked men wielding sticks, rods and sledgehammers terrorised the varsity for close to three hours on Sunday evening.

Eyewitnesses said the attacks were carried out by the ABVP — a charge the RSS student outfit denied. Students from various colleges in Mumbai and those in Aligarh Muslim University and Jadavpur University in Kolkata held overnight peaceful protests in solidarity with their counterparts in JNU.

Eyewitnesses 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.

Day after violence at JNU, students protest across Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru and Aligarh. Get latest updates here. Read in Bangla, Malayalam here.

Highlights

JNU violence LIVE: Fascist attack on students, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata, “We are fighting another war of freedom. It’s a fascist attack on JNU students.”

JNU violence LIVE: Protests gain momentum in Mumbai, cops on standby

Mumbai: Police near Hutatma chowk where many are expected to gather this evening. (Express photo/Sadaf Modak)

JNU violence LIVE: Students’ union president says she was specifically targeted

JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, who was injured in the violence, said she was specifically targeted during a peace march on the campus. Ghosh said a group of around 20-25 masked people disrupted the peace march and attacked her with iron rods on Sunday. She suffered head injuries and was admitted to AIIMS here. Ghosh was discharged on Monday. “I was specifically targeted on Sunday during a peace march on the university campus. Around 20-25 masked persons disrupted the peace march and attacked me with iron rods,” the JNUSU president told PTI.

JNU violence LIVE: Protests continue at Gateway of India in Mumbai

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Protests against the JNU violence underway at Gateway of India in Mumbai. (Express photo)

JNU violence LIVE: 34 people admitted to AIIMS discharged

Thirty-four people admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital after violence at the JNU were discharged on Monday, officials at the institute said. “34 people were admitted at the trauma centre after violence in JNU. Four of them had head injuries. They were discharged on Monday,” they said.

JNU violence LIVE: Swati Maliwal summons Delhi Police over assault on women

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal has summoned the police in connection with the attack on female students inside the JNU campus on Sunday. In the notice, Maliwal has sought details of the FIR registered in the case and reasons for not responding to violence immediately.

Meeting over JNU violence underway at Kejriwal’s residence

A meeting of senior AAP leaders and ministers was held at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence over the violence at the JNU campus. More details are awaited.

JNU violence LIVE: FTII Pune joins nationwide protest against attack on students

Students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, assembled to protest against the JNU violence. “Once we got to know about the developments, we assembled at the Wisdom Tree. It did not take much time to paint the banner that we had during the demonstration. We then gathered at the main gate where students from Ghokale Institute and Savitribai Phule University also joined in. We protested till about 1 am when the police said that it is not an hour to protest and asked us to disperse.” said Shubham Ghadge, a student from the sound department. Around 200 students were present condemning the JNU attacks with slogans of Azadi and against ABVP. “We are planning to hold a march today from FTII to the University,” he said.

JNU violence LIVE: HRD calls meeting with admin, univ sends detailed report

The HRD Ministry today called an urgent meeting with the JNU administration, including the vice-chancellor, over the violence that took place on the campus the previous day, officials said. The ministry had on Sunday sought an immediate report from JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar after the violence broke out and students and teachers were attacked. “A detailed report has been sent to the HRD Ministry about the sequence of events. The top administration officials are at the Ministry to provide all details leading to present situation,” JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar told PTI.

JNU violence LIVE: Manoj Bajpayee condemns attack on students

Actor Manoj Bajpayee also condemned the JNU violence. “Cruel…horrific…..scary..images from JNU are very disturbing. It should be condemned in no uncertain. No democracy should allow colleges and universities to be so unsafe that goons can enter at will at any time to hurt and intimidate.’

JNU violence LIVE: Campuses should not be made political battlefields, says Smriti Irani

Referring to the JNU violence, Union Miniser Smriti Irani today said campuses should not be made a “political battlefield”. “I had said it earlier and reiterating it now that educational institutions should not be made ‘rajiniti ka akhada’ (political battlefield) as it affects the life and progress of our students,” Irani told reporters here when asked about the violence in the campus. “I hope students will not be used as ‘rajnitik mohre’ (political tools)”, the Amethi MP said. “A probe has started in the matter and it is not justified for me to comment on it as I am in a constitutional post,” she added.

JNU violence LIVE: With 16 stitches and fracture, JNUSU chief discharged from AIIMS

JNUSU president Aishee Ghosh, who sustained 16 stitches on her head and also a fracture on her left hand, was discharged around 4 am today.

JNU violence LIVE: TISS Mumbai joins protests against attack on students

Tata Institute of Social Sciences Students Union today also condemned the attack on JNU students. “This attack on student community who are raising voices of dissent have been tried to be suppressed by the BJP government through violence , and this started with JMI and went on various other universities in the country. We call upon all students of TISS and campuses across Mumbai to extend solidarity and support by joining and taking part in the various protests happening in the city,” a statement read.

JNU violence LIVE: Case transferred to DP Crime Branch; Registrar, Pro-VC meet LG

The Delhi Police today transferred the case related to the violence to its Crime Branch even as two top officials of the premier institute met LG Anil Baijal to apprise him about the prevailing situation there, officials said. Police officials have started collecting evidence and will talk to students. Meanwhile, the Registrar and Pro-Vice Chancellor of JNU met the Delhi LG and apprised him of the prevailing situation at the premier institute.

JNU violence: Delhi Police watch as ambulances smashed, leaders heckled

A little before 8 pm on Sunday, police gathered outside JNU’s north gate, having been called in following the violence unleashed by masked men on campus that lasted close to three hours. What followed was dozens of men, their faces covered with mufflers, chanting slogans — ‘Desh ke gaddaro ko, goli maaro saalo ko’, ‘Naxalwad murdabad’ and ‘Na Maowad, Na Naxalwan, Sabse Upar Rashtrawad’ — not allowing ambulances to reach the campus by puncturing tyres and smashing windows. They did so next to a police barricade and in front of a police detention van, with many of the men chanting slogans of ‘police zindabad’. The men threatened journalists not to click photos or come nearby and also manhandled Swaraj India head Yogendra Yadav . All this while, over 250 policemen looked on without intervening.

JNU violence LIVE: University should not be held to ransom by agitators, says VC

Taking to Twitter, VC M Jagadesh Kumar said, “The JNU admin will use all possible means to protect the safety and security of our students. We all need to stand together to protect the interests of our students. University should not be held to ransom by some agitators who have no respect for the fundamental rights of law-abiding students.”

JNU violence LIVE: JNUTA writes to President, seeks removal of VC

In an open letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA) sought the immediate removal of VC M Jagadesh Kumar. “We have written to you twice before regarding the crisis in JNU and the urgent need for the removal of Professr M. Jagadesh Kumar from his position as the Vice Chancellor of the University. Yesterday’s unprecedented events at the University have served to highlight once again the extremely grave consequences of delay in heeding to our appeal. The JNUTA with full sense of responsibility accuses the JNU administration of being responsible for the orgy of violence. It is evident that without the connivance of the Administration, the entry into the campus of several of the goons who were not from the campus, and their subsequent exit without being caught, would not have been possible,” the letter read.

JNU violence LIVE: Students from IIM, NLSIU in Bengaluru condemn attack

Students of Indian Institute of Management and National Law School of India University in Bengaluru held midnight vigils to protest against the violence reported in JNU.

JNU violence LIVE: 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 . V-C M Jagadesh Kumar tweeted: ‘JNU administration feels great pain and anguish for students who have sustained injuries in the violence… The administration strongly condemns any form of violence on campus.’ The Indian Express made over 10 calls each to the Registrar and the Chief Security Officer of JNU to seek comment on the developments. Multiple calls were also made to the V-C and Rector, apart from text messages, but none elicited a response.

JNU violence LIVE: Some students want to disrupt functioning of varsity, action will be taken, says VC

“The origin of the present situation in JNU lies in some agitating students turning violent and obstructing the academic activities of a large number of non-protesting students. The protesting students damaged the University communication servers to disrupt the winter semester registration. They prevented thousands of students from doing their winter registration. Their intent is clearly aimed at disrupting the functioning of the University. This is simply hooliganism and against the ethos of JNU. No such person will be spared and appropriate action will be taken,” JNU VC MJagadesh Kumar said.

JNU violence LIVE: ABVP to address media with injured students at 1 pm

The ABVP unit in the college will hold a press conference with the injured students today. ‘We appeal all the media personnel to join this press conference in order to know the truth behind the JNU terror attack,’ the unit said.

JNU violence LIVE: Sabarmati hostel warden resigns

Citing security reasons, the senior warden in charge of Sabarmati hostel today stepped down from her post.

JNU violence LIVE: VC appeals for peace in varsity

In a fresh statement today, JNU VC MJagadesh Kumar said, “Would like to appeal to all the students to maintain peace. The University stands by all the students to facilitate their pursuit of academic activities. We will ensure that their winter semester registration will take place without any hindrance. They need not fear about their process. The top priority of the University is to protect the academic interests of our students.”

JNU violence LIVE: What enmity do you have with students, Surjewala asks Modi, Shah

Addressing the media in the national capital, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “The entire country witnessed state-sponsored hooliganism at JNU on Sunday where several masked goons created trouble for three hours. They went from hostel to hostel, including JNUSU president Aishee Ghosh. They also attacked teachers. This happened under the watch of the JNU administration and Home Minister Amit Shah. What is the enmity Modi and Amit Shah have with the youth of India? Why are you subjugating the students of India under your autocratic rule? Why are you thrashing students who are only protesting against the fee hike?”

JNU violence LIVE: Amit Shah asks LG to hold talks with students

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today spoke to LG Anil Baijal and asked him to talk to representatives from the varsity.

JNU violence LIVE: Delhi Police registers FIR against attack on students

Delhi Police today registered its first FIR in connection with the violence at JNU on Sunday. The case was registered under a section of rioting and damage of property.

JNU violence LIVE: Left students spreading hooliganism in varsity, says Giriraj Singh

Speaking to ANI on the JNU violence, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said, “Left students are defaming JNU; they have turned the University into a centre of hooliganism.”

JNU violence LIVE: Hyderabad university join protests against mob attack on students

Students of University of Hyderabad also protested against the attack on JNU students, on Sunday night.

JNU violence LIVE: SFI unit in Kerala’s Ernakulam asks colleges to join protests

The SFI unit in Ernakulam district today asked its respective college units to organize protests against the JNU violence. Late on Sunday, the unit had carried out protest marches in Trivandrum and Vypin in Kochi.

Heavy security at JNU after violence on campus

Massive deployment of security personnel remained in place on Monday at JNU, with authorities only allowing students with valid ID cards inside the campus which had witnessed violence. According to sources, security was deployed outside the hostels, administration block and other important locations.

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’. One person wrote: ‘Bilkul, ek baar thik se aar paar karne ki jarurat hai, abhi nahi marenge saalo ko toh kab marenge, gand macha rakha hai komiyo ne.’

JNU violence: Mumbai protesters determined to continue with protests

In Mumbai, there appeared to be no breakthrough in talks between the protestors and police. The police want the protesters to move to Azad Maidan but students have refused to budge from the Gateway of India. Protestors referred to the Constitution’s Freedom of Expression while police referred to the Reasonable Restrictions. Refusing to vacate the area, protestors have begun to list down the volunteers who will stay put and also planned 12-hour shifts, besides chalking out a course of action. ‘Gateway to Mumbai ko Shaheen Bagh banayengey, (Will turn Gateway of India to Shaheen Bagh)’ said one of the speakers early Monday morning.

JNU violence LIVE: Oxford University students condemn attack

Students at the University of Oxford, England, also came out in solidarity with the protesting JNU students.

JNU violence: JNUSU to address media today, ABVP to protest against ‘Red violence’

The JNUSU and JNUTA will today address the media at 3 pm and 2 pm, respectively, on the campus. The ABVP, on the other hand, will hold a ‘peace march’ at 3 pm against “Red Violence”.

JNU violence: ‘Sangh Parivar must end diabolical plan to silence universities with bloodshed’

Condemning Sunday’s violence at JNU, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The attack on students and faculty of JNU is an appalling display of intolerance running amok. The scale of the attack reveals the extent of planning. Sangh Parivar must end this diabolical plan to silence universities with bloodshed. Remember, those students are speaking for all.’

JNU violence LIVE: Students’ Union head sustains head injuries, association blames ABVP

In Sunday’s violence, JNUSU president Ghosh was injured near Sabarmati Hostel and taken to AIIMS. Nikhil Matthew, who was with Ghosh and her sister at the time, said they ‘begged’ the mob not to hit them. With blood flowing down her head, Ghosh said, ‘I am not in a condition to talk.’ Doctors said she had lacerations on her forehead.In a statement, the JNUSU blamed ‘ABVP goons, mostly from outside campus’ for the violence. ‘The Bajrang Dal and members of other such outfits outside the main gate are asking for students to be shot. Why is police not ensuring that JNU remains a safe space for all students?’ it said.

JNU violence: Protests held in Aligarh Muslim University

Protests were held at the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh late on Sunday night. A spokesperson of protesting students said that a march was held in the night to express solidarity with the JNU students. In a statement, the AMU Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) condemned the violence and secretary Najmul Islam urged the Chief Justice of India to take suo motu cognizance of the “unprecedented situation arising from Sunday’s assault on JNU students and teachers”.

JNU violence: Students hold midnight protest at Gateway of India in Mumbai

Students from various colleges held a protest at the Gateway of India on Sunday midnight in Mumbai. Former JNU students Umar Khalid and Kunal Kamra were part of the group which also held a candlelight vigil to show solidarity with JNU students, PTI reported. Youngsters, mostly students from different city colleges, assembled on the pavement across Hotel Taj near the Gateway of India to condemn the violence. It was an “impromptu assembly at a short notice,’ a student said. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)

JNU violence: Protests at Jadavpur University, Presidency in Kolkata today

The Students Federation of India (SFI) of Jadavpur University on Sunday said it will take out rallies in Kolkata on Monday against the “barbaric attack” on JNU students. The rallies will be organised in Jadavpur University and Presidency University, said leaders of the SFI, the student’s wing of the CPI(M). Students will take out a protest rally within the campus against the “fascist” attack, said Jadavpur University leader of SFI Debraj Debnath said. “We will also decide if protests will be held outside the campus and our future course of action against the ABVP and saffron forces,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. An SFI leader of Presidency University said students will gather at the varsity’s portico on Monday and take out a protest rally. “We will intensify our movement against the BJP and the ABVP and give a call for their boycott,” he said. The Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association and the All Bengal University Teachers’ Association also issued statements condemning the attack on JNU students.

JNU violence: Jadavpur University students condemn attack

On Sunday, the Arts Faculty Students Union (AFSU) of Jadavpur University in Kolkata took out a protest rally against the attack on female students and a teacher in JNU, students’ body leader Somasree Choudhury told PTI. Over 300 students participated in the rally.

Masked men wielding sticks, rods and sledgehammers terrorised Jawaharlal Nehru University for close to three hours on Sunday evening, entering hostels, attacking students and teachers and leaving 26 injured.

The chaos at Jawaharlal Nehru University started around 6:30 pm 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.

The chaos started around 6:30 pm 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.

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