NEW DELHI: The violence on Sunday evening at one of India’s premier institutions— Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi has led many students severely injured, and more than 20 individuals including teachers were critically injured. In a tweet, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) leader Rahul Gandhi condemned the violence.
“The brutal attack on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs that has left many seriously injured, is shocking,” Gandhi in a tweet said, and added that the fascists were in control of their nation, were afraid of the voices of our brave students.
The Opposition leader while slamming the incident said that the violence in JNU was a reflection of fear.
On Sunday evening, masked miscreants owing allegiance to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) attacked the students including the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh, according to local reports.
As many as 20 students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University have been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Trauma Centre in the critical state including head injuries.
The hooligans armed with canes were even entered the girls’ hostel and went on a rampage beating students. JNU Professor Sucharita Sen was also beaten up and received the head injury.
Meanwhile, the students at the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students in solidarity with JNU students raised slogans.
Since early December, the JMI students have been protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Delhi legislator Alka Lamba has sought strong action against miscreants and questioned the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government for the brutal attack on students.
Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar in the evening tweeted, “JNU students and professors were subjected to a cowardly but planned attack. I strongly condemn this undemocratic act of vandalism and violence. Use of violent means to suppress democratic values and thought will never succeed.”
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited the AIIMS where injured students were receiving treatment.
Later in the evening hundreds of students of various colleges and universities gathered at the Delhi Police headquarters demanding action.