University rampage sparks new protests across India

Tuesday, 07 Jan, 2020

Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulahari said police had been deployed at sensitive points all around the campus as a precautionary measure. The protesters raised slogans and demanded that police leave the JNU campus. "They did not intervene to stop violence", Ghosh told reporters.

Students stage a protest near the Gateway of India.

Soon after the attack, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar condemned the violence.

Protests were also seen at Oxford and Columbia University where students expressed solidarity and took out marches holding posters demanding safety of students on campus.

He claims over 50 students say they were attacked by police.

The prestigious university counts top Indian politicians including foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and this year's Nobel economics prize victor Abhijit Banerjee amongst its alumni.

"We were informed that there was a clash between two groups of students", a statement said. "I am so shocked to know abt the violence at JNU. I unequivocally condemn the events of today", Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, a member of the prime minister's party, said on Twitter. "Policemen barged into the Jamia Millia Islamia to attack students and at the JNU they were mute spectators to the terror unleashed on hapless students and faculty members", said a student.

In a statement, the AMU Teachers' Association (AMUTA) condemned the violence. "Today's violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear", tweeted Rahul Gandhi, a leading politician of the main opposition Congress party.

Union minister Smriti Irani said campuses should not be made a "political battlefield" and hoped students would not become political pawns.

Kejriwal had called a meeting at his residence over Sunday's violence. Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, said the attack was a "collusion" between the JNU administration and "goons" of the Modi-linked party. The students shouted slogans when Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta was speaking a seminar- "Women's Participation in Decision Making" at the PU campus here.

Parties cutting across political lines, civil society groups and student bodies are slated to hit the city streets on Monday afternoon to protest the violence inside the JNU campus in New Delhi. They want to deprive poor students of education by ruining government educational institutions.

The Left leader said the attack on students is an "appalling display of intolerance running amok".

"After we received written request from the JNU administration, we entered the campus and restored peace".

"We were begging for help to the police but instead they entered the campus at around 7pm and began beating us with sticks for no reason along with members of the ABVP", said a third-year student.

"The crocodile tears shed by Ms. Banerjee [on JNU violence] make us suspicious that on whose side she is, those who are against the country", he asked.

Police in riot gear stand guard inside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after clashes between students in New Delhi, India.

At a news conference on Monday, the JNU Teachers' Association urged the president to dismiss the vice chancellor in the wake of the violence.

In Bihar, students associated with the All India Students Federation (AISF) also staged a protest outside Patna University office.