Guwahati: A group of masked goons, armed with rods and lathis, vandalised hostels in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi on Sunday evening. However, on the ground, violence had already erupted on Saturday morning itself over a registration scuffle, students hailing from Assam who are studying in the leading university told EastMojo.
Speaking about registration boycott by the university, a PhD student from JNU during a solidarity march in Guwahati said, “Last night [Sunday] the attack that happened was the second part, the first one was the day earlier [Saturday]”, and that too in the presence of teachers supporting Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
JNU has been on protest for the past three months over fee hike. The students even boycotted the semester examinations in protest, and despite not conducting papers, the university started the registration process for the next semester starting January.
However, more than 80% of the university students had refused for registration. The PhD student said that students who were in boycott got beaten up by ABVP.
Confirming the same, Himadree Sonowal, a councillor in School of Internation Studies, JNU, said that ABVP students who wanted to register themselves started attacking those who were boycotting the registration.
Now, since the registration fee included the hiked amount, the ABVP members were coming out in support of the fee hike, explained Sonowal, adding that through the three months of agitation, ABVP has not come out in protest of the increase in fees.
The incident took place on Saturday morning and even teachers were present when the incident took place. Sonowal added that the SIS school dean openly said that he supports ABVP.
The PhD students said that the students were beaten mercilessly, and “there was no striking back by them because a lot of these students are going through academic suspension and proctorial enquiry, they can’t strike back. And the moment they strike back, they will be sent out of the university.”
On Saturday, the entire fiasco was between ABVP members and common students. However, on Sunday, as per reports, there were several outsiders involved in the violence.
Talking about the wide-scale Sunday attack, a JNU student said that the media is trying to portray the incident as a clash between the Left and the Right. “But let me put this clear, it’s not a clash, its a premeditated attack, pre-planned attack by ABVP…”