Violent Clash Erupts Between ABVP and Left Wing Students in JNU Campus

On Friday night, a clash erupted between the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Left-backed student groups at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus. Both sides claimed that many of their supporters were injured.

In reality, this year’s JNU student union elections are underway. On Friday night, all student groups gathered for a University General Body Meeting (UGBM) at the Sabarmati Dhaba. During this meeting, discussions were held regarding the selection of members for the election panel. Amidst this, clashes broke out.

The Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), supported by the Left, accused the ABVP of disrupting the democratic process. They allegedly engaged in scuffles with council members and speakers.

The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) alleged that during the chaos, ABVP supporters attacked JNU student union president Aishe Ghosh and threw water on her.

There was misconduct involving the student union president.

ABVP issued a statement alleging that a meeting was ongoing at Sabarmati Dhaba on Friday night at 9:30 PM. Even before that, JNU Student Union President Aishe Ghosh had used derogatory language against a community over the microphone. They did not want ABVP to be present in the meeting. We remained silent.

DSF supporters attacked with sharp weapons.

ABVP students alleged that our supporters and JNU Secretary Vikas Patel were attacked by DSF activists. Other students Prashanto Bagchi and Divya Prakashan, who were calm and disabled students, were also beaten. In addition to this, last year’s MA student, Prfull Par, was also attacked with sharp weapons.

Both groups have shared videos on social media, in which students can be seen arguing with each other. Security guards from the university are present during these interactions. So far, there have been no requests from the JNU administration regarding this matter.

Delhi Police stated that they received a complaint via PCR call. A police team reached the university gate but did not enter the campus.

The police have only received complaints from ABVP’s side, not from JNUSU’s side. Delhi Police are in contact with JNU administration and are investigating the matter.

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