No objection to non-veg, Left students thrashed others with lathis, rods: ABVP on JNU clashes

Addressing the media over clashes on the JNU campus on Sunday, ABVP president Rohit Kumar said his group had no objection to non-vegetarian food. He also accused the Left-wing students of beating up other students on the campus.

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A clash broke out between ABVP and Left students at JNU on Sunday night.
A clash broke out between ABVP and Left students at JNU on Sunday night. Following the violence, students protested at the police station.

ABVP JNU president Rohit Kumar held a press conference on Monday over a clash that erupted on the college campus allegedly over the serving of non-vegetarian food in the mess on Ram Navami. He said his group has no objection to non-vegetarian food. He also claimed that there was a conspiracy to "spoil Ram Navami puja" held at a college hostel on Sunday.

"We have no objection to non-veg. We had Iftaar and puja at the same time in the same hostel. The Left parties have a problem with Hindu festivals being celebrated," Rohit Kumar said while accusing Left-wing students of "starting the agenda over non-veg food".

"They're trying to introduce a political agenda," he said.

"There are several hostels in JNU where chicken was made yesterday...We have hostels that have ABVP mess secretaries. Those hostels served non-veg yesterday," Rohit Kumar said.

Alleging conspiracy, Rohit Kumar said, "We received threats a day before Ram Navami: 'We would throw bones into your Ram Navami puja'. There was a conspiracy to spoil the puja celebrations. They [Left-wing students] sent a fake notice to stop the celebration."

"Every time there is a programme in JNU, it's the Left's agenda to derail it," Rohit Kumar said.

Rohit Kuar also claimed that seven days ago, Kaveri (hostel) residents had decided, alongwith the mess members, that non-vegetarian food would not be served.

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'THEY BROUGHT STONES AND LATHIS TO ATTACK'

Rohit Kumar also accused Left-wing students of bringing lathis and beating up others on the college campus.

"The Left students created a ruckus and stopped people from entering the Kaveri hostel... They brought stones and tubelights to attack our people. They also beat up students with used rods and tubelights. They also tore off our flags," Rohit Kumar said.

"Our ABVP workers have been injured...We were standing near the lights because they were waiting to beat us in the hostels," Rohit Kumar said.

The ABVP president also said that "this was a concerted attack by the Left on women, physically handicapped persons and weaker sections".

Meanwhile, ABVP secretary Umesh Chandra reiterated that there was no objection to non-veg food.

"They gheraoed the hostel to stop the Ram Navami puja. They have been attacking Hindu festivals for years...," Umesh Chandra said.

WHAT HAPPENED AT JNU ON SUNDAY

Two groups of students clashed on the JNU campus on Sunday, allegedly over serving of non-vegetarian food in the mess on Ram Navami.

At least six students were injured in the scuffle between left-leaning students and members of the RSS-affiliated ABVP, though both sides claim many more were wounded.

Meanwhile, police lodged an FIR on the basis on a complaint filed by the JNU Students’ Union and left-wing students’ outfits, while the university launched a probe of its own.

At the press conference, ABVP college president Rohit Kumar said that the ABVP also filed three complaints to the police and proctors.