The day after the declaration of the students’ union election results at JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) was one filled with tension, with the left parties and ABVP accusing each other of violence. On social media pictures and videos claiming to be from the campus were in circulation which created an atmosphere of unease and distrust in the university.
N Sai Balaji, newly elected JNUSU president has accused ABVP members of assaulting a student at Jhelum hostel in the early hours of Monday and threatening him when he went to report this to the Vasant Kunj police station.
The newly president Balaji said that the attack continued even after the police arrived. “Police asked me to sit in their car when leaving for the police station, but ABVP member Saurabh Sharma prevented the vehicle from moving by standing in front of it. He also tried to open the car’s door to drag me out and beat me.”
Sharma who is the Member of Central Working Committee in ABVP accepted that he tried to stop the vehicle because the cops had not arrested anyone for the attack on ABVP members, but denied having tried to force the car door open.
The JNU administration later said that “some miscreants with the intention of creating unrest in the campus mobilised some student groups and started physical violence against innocent students”, but did not clarify what these groups were. Unmindful of the ban, a silent peace march was later organised on the campus in which hundreds of teachers and students participated.