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ABVP, Left-backed groups clash at JNU; vice-chancellor warns of ‘strict action’

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ABVP, Left-backed groups clash at JNU; vice-chancellor warns of ‘strict action’

A clash that occurred between two student groups at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) resulted some students getting injured. The clash was over a dispute in the selection of election committee members. The violence took place late on Thursday night in the university’s School of Languages building.

Vice-Chancellor Warns Of Strict Action Irrespective Of Political Affiliations

Vice-chancellor Santishree D Pandit has declared that strict action would be taken against those involved irrespective of their political affiliations. The VC has said the administration will look into the matter and take strict action. “The JNU (students’ union) elections are conducted by students. It is their responsibility to ensure that it is a peaceful democratic process. The Inter-hostel Administration (IHA) oversees the conduct of the polls. Any complaints by the students’ body will be looked into by the IHA. Very strict action will be taken against those found guilty irrespective of their political affiliation,” she told media sources.

Students From ABVP and Left-Backed Groups Clash With Each Other

Students from both groups that clashed, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) as well as Left-backed groups have filed police complaints against each other. The complaints were registered at Vasant Kunj North police station.

Some students have been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, said a student representative.

“We received information about the clashes on the campus at 1.15 am. At least four students were injured. Multiple complaints have been received from both sides. Further inquiry is on,” a police officer told PTI.

Speaking on the incident, the vice-chancellor also said once the medicolegal cases of students who are severely injured in the violence are done, the authority concerned will prepare a report and take appropriate action. She warned the students that any act of violence on campus may lead to deferring the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls further.

A video clip of the incident that is circulating shows a man violently beating students with a stick and in another a person is seen throwing a bicycle at students. Other videos show individuals being mobbed and beaten up by a group while security personnel of the university try to rescue them.

The ABVP told PTI that two students seen in one of the videos beating others with a stick and throwing a bicycle were members of its JNU unit. It claimed that they were trying to defend themselves. On the other hand, Left-backed groups alleged that ABVP members, unhappy with the selection of the election committee members, attacked JNUSU office bearers and other students.

NUSU Joint Secretary Mohammad Danish, who was presiding the School General Body Meeting along with JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, claimed that he received threats to his life from ABVP members because of his religious identity. He also alleged that he was held hostage during the meeting.

“On the last day of the General Body Meeting at the School of Languages, ABVP resorted to another round of violence at the end of the meeting. Initially attempting to disrupt the selection process for the election committee, the ABVP resorted to violence against students when thwarted by JNU students,” the Left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) claimed in a statement. It alleged, “Accompanied by Kanhaiya Kumar, a student of Japanese MA and the ring-leader of the SL (School of Languages) unit, the ABVP goons were seen wielding rods and targeting and beating common students indiscriminately. They singled out Muslim students and objected to the names of Muslim students being proposed for the election committee.”

The Left students’ group claimed their members Shaurya and Madhurima Kundu, both PhD students, and Priyam and Anwesha, students of MA Linguistics, were chased and beaten up by ABVP members. It accused the JNU administration of shielding the RSS-affiliated student group.

The ABVP, in turn, accused the Left group of foul play in electing the candidates of the election committee and alleged that the politburo chief in the General Body Meeting tried to provide undue advantage to SFI candidates. “In General Body Meeting at the School of Languages, the chief of Politburo unilaterally declared that first election committee candidates who have secured more than two-third of the seats will be automatically declared winners. In the counting process if 100 hands are being raised to support a candidate, then the Politburo chief counts it as 300.” “The open rigging in the counting of votes and imposition of self-made rules is a manifestation of autocracy akin to the system of Politburo,” the ABVP said in a statement. It also claimed that its members were injured by the Left groups in the attack.

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