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JNU Violence: HRD Ministry to Seek Immediate Report from JNU Registrar

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Masked men entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in large numbers and committed violence against students and teachers. 26 people, including the JNU Students Union President, have been injured in this attack and heavy damage has also been done to the property. Those injured in the attack are admitted to AIIMS. Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal urged JNU students to maintain the dignity of the university and maintain peace on campus.

The HRD ministry has sought an immediate report from the registrar Pramod Kumar on the violence on Sunday night. He tweeted, “The violence in JNU campus is worrying and unfortunate. I condemn it. I appeal to the students to maintain the dignity of the university and to maintain peace on campus. ”

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, both alumni of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, condemned the violence at the varsity on Sunday evening.The government wants universities to be safe for students, Sitharaman said. “Have seen pictures of what is happening in JNU. Condemn the violence unequivocally. This is completely against the tradition and culture of the university,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“Horrifying images from JNU — the place I know & remember was one for fierce debates & opinions but never violence. I unequivocally condemn the events of today. This govt, regardless of what has been said the past few weeks, wants universities to be safe spaces for all students,” Sitharaman tweeted.

Sources said that the violence started around 5 pm. The JNU administration said that masked miscreants armed with sticks were roaming around the compound. They were damaging property and attacking people. Police were called to maintain law and order. Earlier, JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said in a statement, “There is an urgent message for the entire JNU community that there is a law and order situation in the campus. The JNU administration has called the police to maintain order.

The Delhi Police said amid allegations of delayed action that it conducted a flag march and the situation was controlled after receiving a written request from the JNU administration. However, the police did not say whether anyone was arrested or not.

After the incident, a large number of police forces have been deployed in and around the campus and the entrance has been closed. The students alleged that the attackers entered the hostel and beat the students and teachers. Video footage broadcast by some TV channels showed a group of men roaming around the building with hockey.

The Left-controlled JNUSU and ABVP blamed each other for the violence. The Students Union alleged that many of its members, were injured in the stone pelting by the members of ABVP. But the RSS-backed students organization alleged that its members were brutally attacked by Left-affiliated student organizations in which 25 of their people were injured and 11 are missing.

The violence occurred when the JNU Teachers Association was holding a meeting. Giving details of the incident, R Mahalakshmi, a professor in the history department said, “We held a peace meeting at 5 pm at Tea Point. As soon as it was over a large number of people entered the campus and started attacking teachers and students arbitrarily. “

Another professor Pradeep Shinde said, “We wonder how such a large number of people entered the campus with sticks in their hands.” I think they were a political activists who always calls us traitors. “

In a video shared online, JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who was attacked by a masked mob on campus, on Sunday called the situation across the country “volatile”. Several masked individuals, both male and female, thrashed students, including women, and teachers inside the JNU campus with wooden and metal rods.

JNUSU claimed that members of ABVP were roaming the campus with masks, sticksand hammers. JNUSU claimed, they were throwing stones, entering hostels and beating students. Many teachers have also been beaten.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad alleged that leftist student organizations are behind the violence. The ABVP claimed that around 25 students have been seriously injured in the attack and there is no information about 11 students. Many members of ABVP are being attacked in hostels.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed disappointment over the violence that took place at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday night and said that it shows fear that the ‘fascist forces controlling our country’ feel from the students.

He tweeted, “The brutal attack on JNU students and teachers by masked people is shocking in which many have been seriously injured.” The fascist forces controlling our country are afraid of the voice of the brave students. The violence in JNU today reflects that fear.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra reached AIIMS in Delhi to meet the students injured in the violence at the JNU campus. She tweeted, “Now Modi-Shah’s goons are causing nuisance in our universities, spreading fear among our children, who should be engaged in future preparations. BJP leaders are showing this in the media by increasing these wounds that they were not the goons who committed violence in JNU.

Yogendra Yadav, the head of the Swaraj campaign, was allegedly attacked outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on Sunday. Yadav said that there was no one to stop hooliganism and he was not allowed to talk with media.

Expressing shock over the incident, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that if the students are not safe inside the universities then how will the country progress. Kejriwal tweeted, “Talked to the Lieutenant Governor and requested him to instruct the police to maintain the system.” He assured that he is closely monitoring the situation and taking all necessary steps.

Shortly after the Chief Minister’s tweet, LG Baijal condemned the violence in JNU against students and teachers is highly condemnable. Directed @DelhiPolice to take all possible steps in coordination with the JNU Administration to maintain law and order & take action against the perpetrators of violence. The situation is being closely monitored.

CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury blamed the ABVP for the violence. At the same time, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the attack on students and teachers in JNU and called it shameful for democracy.

An HRD ministry official said, “We have sought an immediate report from the JNU Vice Chancellor on the violence in the campus. We have also talked to JNU VC and Delhi Police so that peace can be made in the campus. ”