Clashes erupt at JNU campus after students’ union poll results, 6 ABVP leaders critically injured

225

Following the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (JNUSU) election results, major clashes erupted between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and those belonging to left-wing groups on September 17.

According to reports, six leaders of ABVP have been injured in the clashes and have been admitted to AIIMS.

Soon after the clashes a political blame game erupted as the leaders of the ABVP and the United Left accused each other of instigating violence at the campus.

Both the ABVP and the AISA have filed complaints at the Vasant Kunj police station.

ABVP in a statement said, “The targeted violent attacks by Left on ABVP students are 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.”

Devender Arya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) said, “Yesterday at around 3 a.m, PCR calls about a scuffle between students in JNU were received. Subsequently, we have had discussions with university authorities, students and university professors.”

“Complaints have been received in PS VK North. Legal action is being taken on merit. The situation is under control now and normal. Police arrangements are in place,” Arya further said.

However newly-elected president of the JNUSU, N. Sai Balaji, said that at night, ABVP students randomly attacked some other students and he was called to the scene at Sutlej Hostel.

Balaji further said, “As the elected JNUSU president I went to ensure the safety of the students. Upon reaching, what I saw was mayhem. The mob led by Saurabh Sharma was baiting for the blood of any student and they were attacking students with sticks.”