Right-wing goons attack students, faculty at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University

Masked goons, allegedly members of the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, beat up students of left-wing organizations and vandalized hostels on Sunday. The police refused to take any action

January 05, 2020 by Peoples Dispatch
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Aishe Ghosh was attacked by right-wing goons on Sunday.

Armed goons, allegedly belonging to the far-right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, went on a rampage inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India, on January 5, Sunday.

JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh and general secretary Satish Chandra were among those injured.

Activists of left-wing students’ organizations, including SFI and AISA, were specifically targeted, as were faculty who were part of a meeting appealing for peace.

 

The students and faculty of the university have been involved in a months-long protest against fee hikes and have also been in the forefront of protests against the far-right Narendra Modi government’s divisive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The students and citizens of Delhi are gathering at various places in protest. A huge crowd has gathered at the headquarters of the Delhi police.

Protests against the right-wing atrocities are on at the headquarters of the Delhi police.

Students and people from across Delhi also gathered in front of the university. A right-wing mob is gathered at the gate of the university. The mob has blocked ambulances from entering and shoved and manhandled activists and students who are gathered there. Social activist and academic Yogendra Yadav was reportedly attacked in front of the campus.

Wielding batons and rods, the masked goons have been on campus since the morning. In the evening, they went on a full-fledged rampage, attacking students, barging into hostels and vandalizing rooms.

Masked goons on a rampage at Jawaharlal Nehru University

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences reported that at least 20 students were admitted with injuries. Throughout this violence, the Delhi police was nowhere on the scene and did not take any action against the protesters. The JNUSU has alleged that the police and a section of professors are complicit in the violence.

It was only in the aftermath of the attacks that the police entered the campus, claiming that they were waiting for a request by the administration. Many hostels inside the campus have been vandalized, with doors shattered and students’ belongings strewn across rooms.

Left and opposition parties in India strongly condemned the incident. Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polibureau member Brinda Karat said that this was a clear bid by the far-right government was going all out to break the struggle of the students against fee hike.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation tweeted that the attack was a pre-planned conspiracy and hit out at the role of the police

 

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