A clash erupted between two groups of students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi on Sunday evening. As per the police, six students were injured in the incident and taken to the hospital. The number of injured students is much higher according to the students.
The fight between students affiliated with Left organisations and members of the RSS’ student wing ABVP allegedly broke out over non-vegetarian food being served in the hostel mess on the Hindu festival of Ram Navami.
Now, the police have registered an FIR against unidentified ABVP members on the complaint of some students while the JNU administration has initiated a probe into the incident. Meanwhile, students affiliated to Left groups have called a protest at the Delhi Police headquarters at 2 pm on Monday.
- The police confirmed that a case has been registered against unidentified ABVP students under sections 323, 341, 509, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. The complaint was lodged by members of the JNU students’ union and some Left groups.
- The police have received notice that ABVP students too will file a complaint shortly.
- The police will, accordingly, take necessary legal action, they said. An investigation to collect evidence and identify the culprits is underway.
- Meanwhile, the JNU administration has initiated an investigation in the matter. A report from the warden and security staff has been summoned. Strict action will be taken against students found guilty under university rules.
- Left-wing student organisations have called a protest at the Delhi Police headquarters at 2 pm on Monday.
Clashes were reported from JNU on Sunday after students of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) allegedly stopped other students from eating non-vegetarian food on the occasion of Ram Navami. ABVP students were also accused of assaulting the mess staff of the Kaveri Hostel on campus and stopping them from supplying chicken.
The ABVP, on the other hand, alleged that left-wing students interrupted Ram Navami prayers at the Kaveri Hostel.
In the ensuing violence, Left outfits claimed about 50 of their members were injured while ABVP said around ten of its people were hurt.
Several videos surfaced on social media; one them showed Akhtarista Ansari, a second year MA student of sociology, bleeding from the head. The authenticity of the videos has not been verified by authorities or India Today.
Later, both groups of students held protests at different places on Sunday night.
WHAT LEFT SAID
The students affiliated to Left organisations said:
- ABVP members manhandled mess staff and asked them not to prepare non-vegetarian food
- Mess committee refused and said students have the choice to have non-vegetarian or vegetarian food on Sundays
- ABVP members attacked mess committee members and other students. They threw stones and bricks, broke bikes and glass doors of the mess and wounded men and women
- Police arrived at the spot but did not intervene
WHAT ABVP SAID
In a statement, the ABVP said:
- Some Kaveri Hostel (unaffiliated) residents organised a Ram Navami puja which was delayed by 1.5 hours due to ruckus created by Left students
- Left students planned to create a ruckus by raising the issue of non-vegetarian food
- Posters of the puja had been put up three days earlier and since then, members of the Left were threatening not to allow the puja to be held
- When students were coming out after the puja, they were attacked with stones and sticks
- JNU https://t.co/sFdfNxQ6ac— ABVP (@ABVPVoice) April 10, 2022
WHAT POLICE SAID
The police have denied allegations of being a mute spectator at the spot and said as soon as they received a PCR call, they rushed with their teams and ensured that there was no further escalation of violence.
"We have assured the students that their complaints will be taken note of and accordingly we will take appropriate legal actions," a senior police official said.
(With inputs from PTI)