ABVP, NSUI clash in Ahmedabad during protest against 5 Jan incident, 10 injuredJanuary 7, 2020
Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and its rival National Students’ Union of India clashed on Tuesday during a protest against the JNU violence, leaving over 10 people injured.
The incident took place during the protest organised by NSUI, the students’ wing of the Congress, outside the office of the RSS-affiliated ABVP in the city’s Paldi area. The police later rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, PTI reported an official as saying.
The vice chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University finally gave a press statement almost two days after violence was unleashed in the varsity campus. However, the bulk of his statement was dedicated to informing students that hostel registration process under the contentious revised rules is underway.
The four-member fact-finding committee constituted by the Congress following the violence reported at JNU on Sunday, will meet interim party chief Sonia Gandhi at 4.30 pm. The committee is also likely to start meeting students and those impacted by the incident.
Pinky Chaudhary, belonging to the Hindu Raksha Dal, told ANI that the right-wing outfit was behind the attack in JNU and that the masked attackers were the organisation’s workers. “JNU is a hotbed of anti-national activities and we can’t tolerate this,” he said. Government sources told PTI that the police is looking into the Hindu Raksha Dal’s claims.
People protesting against the JNU violence were evicted from Gateway of India in south Mumbai on Tuesday morning as roads were getting blocked and tourists and common people were facing problems, a police official said. Meanwhile, protesters claimed they were held at Azad Maidan and were only allowed to leave after declaring that no protests will be held at Gateway of India.
After a night-long peaceful protests at Gateway of India in Mumbai, protesters were forcefully moved from the area by the Mumbai Police. News reports said that the police had denied permission to continue protest at the historic site.
A day after mayhem broke out at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, a political blame game ensued between the BJP and Opposition as large-scale protests against the incident were seen in parts of the country, including Mumbai and Chandigarh.
The Delhi Police, which was accused of not doing enough to stop the violence, on Monday claimed it acted professionally and brought the situation under control. It further said the case had been transferred to the Crime Branch, which has found vital clues and is working on it. Thus far, no arrests have been made.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) has demanded the removal of Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar. The HRD Ministry, on its part, met officials from the JNU administration and took stock of the situation on the campus but the vice-chancellor skipped the meeting.
“A detailed report has been sent to the HRD Ministry about the sequence of events,” Kumar told PTI. The clamour for Kumar’s resignation grew louder with the students’ union and the JNU Teachers Association accusing him of behaving like a “mobster” and of “perpetrating violence”.