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ABVP members with weapons attack students during JNU students’ meeting

Students associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of Hindu nationalist paramilitary Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, unleashed violence against students during the last day of the General Body Meeting at the School of Languages in Jawaharlal Nehru University on the night of 29 February, students alleged.

Videos accessed by Maktoob showed ABVP members wielding rods and targeting, beating students indiscriminately.

The incident occurred when ABVP attempted to disrupt the selection process for the election committee of JNU Students Union.

The ABVP resorted to physical violence against students when thwarted by JNU students, alleged AISA.

“Accompanied by Kanhaiya Kumar, Japanese M.A, the ringleader of the SL unit, the ABVP goons were seen wielding rods and targeting, beating common students indiscriminately,” AISA alleged.

AISA said: “The entire day these lumpens kept on disrupting the process of the GBM. They singled out the Muslim students and they opposed whenever any Muslim student propose their names for upcoming election committee. They also vitiated the atmosphere of school GBM premises by threatening students, by sexist and casteist slurs. Another lumpen Praful, M.A., Korean from the same school could be seen picking up a bicycle and tossing towards the students gathered for the GBM. The despicable sight of Priyanshu, a student supposedly at the center of German studies, brazenly joining the gang of thugs of ABVP to physically assault a fellow student is utterly infuriating and reprehensible. The senior students, such as Shaurya, a Ph.D. scholar, and Madhurima Kundu, a Ph.D. scholar and a senior AISA activist were chased and beaten up by the goons of ABVP. They also targeted Priyam and Anwesha, ( M.A.. Linguistics) and beat her up with iron rods.”

A student group in JNU, Collective, alleged that their members were attacked by Hindutva students. “What we are witnessing is deeply appalling. University students engaged in the resistance of claiming democratic space are being attacked. We can’t accept this. This is nothing but Fascist terror we need to fight,” they said.

The VC Shantishree Dhulipudi Pandit-led administration must provide an answer as to why these goons roam freely, targeting JNU students, the student groups in JNU demanded.

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