The truck, cars and bikes, entered in the JNU campus at around 9 am as part of a rally by an organisation affiliated by the RSS, gathering support for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
Around 50 people carried saffron flags and raised the slogans such as ‘Mandir Wahin Banega’ it was seen in the video shared on social media. The JNU Student’s Union complained to the Vice-Chancellor against the “illegal entry” of the procession, saying they had spoiled the campus atmosphere by raising “communal slogans”.
According to the report published in the Indian Express, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), which organised the ‘Ram Mandir Sankalp Rath Yatra’ in the run-up to the Dharma Sabha called by VHP on December 9, and the ABVP accepted that such a rally went through JNU.
However, the university administration has dismissed the photos and videos as “fake”, and claimed some outsiders had come to JNU for a puja at a staff member’s residence.
The ABVP’s JNU unit president Vijay Singh said: “common students” of JNU were also part of the rally. “Even we have to show our identity cards to enter, so it’s not possible that the rally entered without permission. The JNUSU is no one to decide what is communal. If the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging can be marked, why can’t an important national issue like Ram Mandir be raised?”
“There was no Ram Mandir rally and no question of permission. The videos and photos are all morphed and fake. Some staff had called in people for a puja at his house, that’s why there is some confusion,” said the Additional Dean of Students Buddha Singh.