Protests were organised in Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune against the violence that broke out in Delhi's JNU. Students of Javadavpur University in Kolkata, IIT-Bombay and FTII in Pune took out marches around midnight in solidarity with the students who were attacked by 50-60 masked men and women inside the JNU campus on Sunday evening.
Violence broke out in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) today evening. 19 students and a teacher are receiving treatment AIIMS Trauma Centre. All of them have sustained head injuries. Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union President Aishe Ghosh, who got injured in the violence, said she was attacked by "goons wearing masks". A group of masked goons entered the campus and went on a rampage, targetting teachers and students.
Eyewitnesses said 50-odd masked goons had entered the campus around 6.30 pm. A professor, Atul Sood, told NDTV, "The mob entered hostels and threw huge stones, vandalising property." Aishe Ghosh, the president of the students' union, said, "I have been brutally attacked by goons wearing masks. I have been bleeding. I was brutally beaten up".
The police, they said, are yet to take action.
Here are the Highlights on the violence at JNU:
Delhi Police PRO M S Randhawa held a meeting with a delegation of students and teachers after violence broke out at the Jawaharlal Nehru University here, officials said on Monday.
"The police have assured us that they will look into the matter and our demands," president Federation of Central University teachers'' associations Rajib Ray said.
"Was assaulted thrice": Yogendra Yadav's tweet on violence
Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav has said that he was assaulted thrice during his visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University after a mob of masked men attacked students.
"Tonight I was assaulted thrice. 1st: APX 9:30 pm. While speaking to JNU teachers, a police inspector (no nameplate) dragged me and ABVP/RSS group (incl Prof Mishra, Sanskrit Dept) pushed me, pulled my muffler. I fell down, minor injury. Police contd to push me out after I got up," he tweeted.
"2nd:10:50 pm. I was with D Raja when 20-30 goons attacked me, kept abusing, shoving, hitting me & team (despite our singing national anthem). I fell on my back on road divider (soft tissue injury, no fracture), then kicked in my face (eye bruise). Police watched. DCP came later," Mr Yadav tweeted on the second incident of assault on him.
"3rd: 12:30 am
Outside Trauma Centre, AIIMS. When I arrived for check-up and MLC, outside emergency, Inspector Shiv raj hit my colleague Raja and my driver and then pushed me (in the presence of ADCP Parvinder Singh) despite knowing I was a patient. AIIMS staff was very good," he tweeted.
India has an established global reputation as a liberal democracy. Now Modi-Shah's goons are rampaging through our universities, spreading fear among our children, who should be preparing for a better future..1/2- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) January 5, 2020
Students of Jadavpur University in Kolkata protest against violence at JNU campus.
Majid Jamil, General Secretary of Jamia Teachers Association, was a part of the delegation that met the police at the Delhi Police Headquarters with a set of 4 demands. He said, "Police have assured us. I request protesters to call off the protests. And if by morning, an FIR is not registered we will resume our protest again."
JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar tweets about JNU violence: The JNU administration feels great pain and anguish for the students who have sustained injuries in the violence that took place in JNU campus. The JNU administration strongly condemns any form of violence in the campus.
The JNU administration feels great pain and anguish for the students who have sustained injuries in the violence that took place in JNU campus. The JNU administration strongly condemns any form of violence in the campus. pic.twitter.com/Quk3Zc7wN0- Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) January 5, 2020
Union Minister Amit Shah spoke to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Sunday, after a mob of masked goons barged into the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus and attacked students and teachers. The home ministry, in a tweet, said the officer has been instructed to take "necessary action".
Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav was manhandled outside the main gate of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where around 50 masked assailants went on the rampage on Sunday night.
JNU Attack: After a mob of around 50 masked goons assaulted students and faculty of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, social media flooded with help, news updates and support from several users.
Photos have emerged that show some men armed with sticks and rods entering the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, around the time when a mob attacked teachers and students of the university.
Students from multiple colleges and institutions of Mumbai are protesting at Gateway of India tonight against the JNU violence and demanding action against the goons, failing which they are demanding the immediate resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
Students from multiple colleges and institutions of Mumbai are gathering at Gateway of India tonight at 12 midnight to protest against the JNU violence and demanding action against the goons, failing which the students are demanding the immediate resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
This is a spontaneous reaction from Mumbai youngsters after the JNU violence.
Actors, director and public figures have spoken against the violence that broke out today evening at the JNU campus. Around 7 pm today, 50-60 masked men and women entered the campus of JNU in Delhi and ransacked the institute premises and beat up students who were peacefully protesting against a fee hike.
30 students and a dozen faculty members have sustained injuries during the attack and have been hospitalised. JNU Students' Union President Aishe Ghosh, who suffered severe head injuries, was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Suchitra Sen, who is a faculty of JNU's Centre for the Study of Regional Development, was also admitted to AIIMS with injuries to her head. 2 students remain in critical condition.
"In this situation of rising violence, anarchy & fear in universities, I urge the Hon'ble @PMOIndia to immediately initiate direct and constructive dialogue with university students unions & national students' bodies across the country, to restore peace. #JNUSU #JNUAttack," tweets Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
In this situation of rising violence, anarchy & fear in universities, I urge the Hon'ble @PMOIndia to immediately initiate direct and constructive dialogue with university students unions & national students' bodies across the country, to restore peace. #JNUSU#JNUAttack- Kailash Satyarthi (@k_satyarthi) January 5, 2020
"It is very saddening. Some people are making it political. BJP strongly condemns the incident at JNU and demands strict action on those responsible. The injured students should receive treatment and the guilty should be punished after proper investigation, says Manoj Tiwari.
Aaditya Thackeray tweets, "The violence and brutality faced by students, while protesting, is worrisome. Be it Jamia, be it JNU. Students mustn't face brutal force! Let them be! These goons must face action. They must be brought to time bound and swift justice."
The violence and brutality faced by students, while protesting, is worrisome. Be it Jamia, be it JNU. Students mustn't face brutal force!- Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) January 5, 2020
Let them be!
These goons must face action. They must be brought to time bound and swift justice.
Protests are being planned tomorrow at Mumbai's Hutatma Chowk.
Delhi Police has issued a traffic alert: "Traffic movement is closed on Vikas Marg due to demonstration. Kindly avoid the stretch."
Traffic Alert- Delhi Traffic Police (@dtptraffic) January 5, 2020
Traffic movement is closed on Vikas Marg due to demonstration. Kindly avoid the stretch.
Wounded students at AIIMS trauma centre told me that goons entered the campus and attacked them with sticks and other weapons. Many had broken limbs and injuries on their heads. One student said the police kicked him several times on his head.- Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) January 5, 2020
Brinda Karat visits injured students at AIIMS. She says, "The JNUSU president has an iron rod injury to her head. Not just ABVP, outsiders were also present among those who attacked students and faculty at JNU campus. What are the police doing? An huge mob is standing outside the JNU campus. This is the capital of the country!"
"Chief Justice of India please take suo moto notice of violence inside JNU and summon Commissioner of Police and direct the Police to apprehend hooded goons armed with iron bars and protect the life and liberty of students teachers and staff immediately," tweets senior lawyer Indira Jaisingh
Chief Justice of India please take suo moto notice of violence inside JNU and summon Commissioner of Police and direct the Police to apprehend hooded goons armed with iron bars and protect the life and liberty of students teachers and staff immediately- Indira Jaising (@IJaising) January 5, 2020
I was attacked by a mob (that included a JNU Professor Mishra, Dept of Sanskrit) in the presence of police and media.- Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) January 5, 2020
Minor injury. I am safe. Staying put outside the north gate of JNU while goon attack continues inside the campus under police protection. https://t.co/976PbPJ9tf
"The violence at JNU is extremely worrying and unfortunate. I condemn the violence within the campus. I appeal to all students to maintain the dignity of the University and peace on campus," tweets Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The JNUTA holds the JNU Administration singularly responsible for this grave situation. It is a product of its desperation in the light of it's failure to resolve the crisis created by its high handed imposition of a fee hike. Students have been on an agitation for over 70 days and the VC's obstinacy has prevented any resolution."
In this situation, we strongly condemn these acts of hooliganism inside university campuses. We should never forget the purpose of our education which is not to spread hatred or violence but to propagate acts of love and sympathy that would let us strive for humanity.
We condemn all acts of violence inside university campus.
We strongly condemn the violence on JNU campus. This is a desperate attempt by forces of anarchy, who are determined to use students as cannon fodder, create unrest to shore up their shrinking political footprint. Universities should remain places of learning and education.- BJP (@BJP4India) January 5, 2020
"Ever since Amit Shah has taken charge as the home minister of the country, Delhi has become the hub of crime, violence and crime. Sometimes there are attacks on lawyers, sometimes there are attacks on students. This home minister does not have the right to hold his post. Resign, Amit Shah," tweets AAP's Sanjay Singh.
जबसे @AmitShah देश का गृहमंत्री बना है देश की राजधानी दिल्ली गुण्डागर्दी,हिंसा और अपराध का अड्डा बन गई है कभी वकीलों पर हमला कभी छात्रों पर हमला इस गृहमंत्री को अपने पद पर रहने का हक़ नही अमित शाह इस्तीफ़ा दो। pic.twitter.com/MmrmCV45Z6- Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) January 5, 2020
CPI leader and JNU alumnus tweets, "What a shameless government, it increases the fees first, if the student protests, then he gets them beaten up by the police and even if the students do not bow down, he sends his goons to attack. Ever since he came to power, he has waged a war against the students in every corner of the country."
कितनी बेशर्म सरकार है, पहले फ़ीस बढ़ाती है, विद्यार्थी विरोध करें तो पुलिस से पिटवाती है और छात्र तब भी ना झुके, तो अपने गुंडे भेजकर हमला करवाती है। जब से सत्ता में आए हैं, तब से देश के हर कोने में देश के विद्यार्थियों के ख़िलाफ़ इन्होने जंग छेड़ रखी है।- Kanhaiya Kumar (@kanhaiyakumar) January 5, 2020
मोदी जी और अमित शाह जी की आख़िर देश के युवाओं और छात्रों से क्या दुश्मनी है?- Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 5, 2020
कभी फ़ीस वृधि के नाम पर युवाओं की पिटाई, कभी सविंधान पर हमले का विरोध हो तो छात्रों की पिटाई।
आज जवाहर लाल नेहरू में हिंसा का नंगा नाच हो रहा है और वो भी सरकारी संरक्षण में!
हमारा वक्तव्य- pic.twitter.com/igv9ALaI9K
Finance Minister and JNU alumnus tweets, "Horrifying images from JNU - the place I know & remember was one for fierce debates & opinions but never violence. I unequivocally condemn the events of today. This govt, regardless of what has been said the past few weeks, wants universities to be safe spaces for all students."
Horrifying images from JNU - the place I know & remember was one for fierce debates & opinions but never violence. I unequivocally condemn the events of today. This govt, regardless of what has been said the past few weeks, wants universities to be safe spaces for all students.- Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) January 5, 2020
Shocked to see visuals of masked miscreants attacking JNU students inside the campus.- M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) January 5, 2020
DMK condemns rising incidents of violence against students within universities in the aftermath of #CAA2019
All those who are responsible for these incidents must brought to book immediately. https://t.co/FihTdwkLEM
"Union Home Minister has spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner over JNU violence and instructed him to take necessary action. Hon'ble minister has also ordered an enquiry to be carried out by a Joint CP level officer and asked for a report to be submitted as soon as possible," Office of the Home Minister on twitter.
Union Home Minister has spoken to Delhi Police Commissioner over JNU violence and instructed him to take necessary action. Hon'ble minister has also ordered an enquiry to be carried out by a Joint CP level officer and asked for a report to be submitted as soon as possible.- गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) January 5, 2020
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweets, "Have seen pictures of what is happening in #JNU. Condemn the violence unequivocally. This is completely against the tradition and culture of the university."
Have seen pictures of what is happening in #JNU. Condemn the violence unequivocally. This is completely against the tradition and culture of the university.- Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) January 5, 2020
We strongly condemn brutality unleashed agst students/teachers in JNU. No words enough to describe such heinous acts. A shame on our democracy. Trinamool delegation led by Dinesh Trivedi (SajdaAhmed, ManasBhunia, VivekGupta) headed to DEL to show solidarity with #ShaheenBagh#JNU- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 5, 2020
Flag march being conducted inside JNU campus, situation under control, says Delhi Police as reported by PTI.
Section 144 imposed inside JNU campus, reports news agency IANS. Prohibitory orders have been clamped on JNU campus in the aftermath of the violence unleashed by masked attackers on Sunday evening. With tension on the rise and the university on the boil, Section 144 has been imposed in the area.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, who condemned the violence and directed Delhi Police to take necessary steps, tweeted: "The violence in JNU against students and teachers is highly condemnable. Directed @DelhiPolice to take all possible steps in coordination with JNU Administration to maintain law and order & take action against the perpetrators of violence. The situation is being closely monitored."
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded Union Home mInister Amit Shah's resignation over the developments.
Sunday evening saw masked miscreants barge into the hostels and assault the students. The university in Delhi has been witnessing tensions over the fee hike and Citizenship Amendment Act over the last few weeks.
"Bajrang Dal and other extremist groups have collected outside JNU main gate and have been raising murderous slogans against students in addition to not letting JNU Teacher's Association hold a press conference," tweets JNUSU.
Bajrang Dal and other extremist groups have collected outside JNU main gate and have been raising murderous slogans against students in addition to not letting JNU Teacher's Association hold a press conference. #SOSJNU#JNUViolence#JNUattackpic.twitter.com/ZrFf4tbuRE- JNUSU (@JNUSUofficial) January 5, 2020
"Our team of doctors, nurses & medical volunteers who reached JNU to give first aid to injured students & teachers, was attacked by hundreds of goons. Mob manhandled doctors, nurses & threatened them. Our ambulance's glass & windows broken, this is totally inhuman & insane," tweets Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti, Ex-President, RDA, AIIMS.
After several masked goons broached Delhi's Jawaharlal University campus, assaulting students and vandalising property, several top political leaders took to social media to share videos of the attack and condemn it. Several students, including Aishe Ghosh, the head of JNU Students' Union or JNUSU and several professors were severely injured in the attack. The JNUSU claims the Delhi police "did nothing" to stop the violence and have alleged the involvement of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad or ABVP, the student body linked to the BJP, in the attack.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, urging the Delhi Police to "immediately stop violence and restore peace". "How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside univ campus?" he added.
Rahul Gandhi tweets about the attack on JNU. He wrote, "The brutal attack on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking. The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today's violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear."
The brutal attack on JNU students & teachers by masked thugs, that has left many seriously injured, is shocking.- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 5, 2020
The fascists in control of our nation, are afraid of the voices of our brave students. Today's violence in JNU is a reflection of that fear.
Activist Yogendra Yadav was manhandled outside JNU campus where the students and teachers were attacked by a mob today evening.
Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus. PLS PLS share to everyone in Delhi!🙏🏿🙏🏿 9pm on 5th. Jan pic.twitter.com/IXgvvazoSn- Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 5, 2020
The violence in JNU against students and teachers is highly condemnable. Directed @DelhiPolice to take all possible steps in coordination with JNU Administration to maintain law and order & take action against the perpetrators of violence. The situation is being closely monitored- LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) January 5, 2020
Arvind Kejriwal speaks with Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal. He tweeted, "Spoke to Hon'ble LG and urged him to direct police to restore order. He has assured that he is closely monitoring the situation and taking all necessary steps."
JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar is not present in the campus. Guards are standing outside his residence near East gate.
JNUSU has given a call for all the students to assemble at Sabarmati Dhaba T-Point.
News agency ANI tweeted a statement by the Delhi Police: "Tension was on between two groups for two days. On request of Jawaharlal Nehru University Administration police has entered the campus today."
Mob continues to roam inside campus. They have split into 2 groups. One group going from hostel to hostel. One outside Sabarmati Dhaba T-Point and other going to Bhramaputra Hostel.
This is unbelievable. These are tactics from Germany in the 1930s, not India in 2020. I implore the authorities to stop this. They are destroying Indian democracy as well as what remains of our nation's image in the democratic world. #StopJNUAssaultsNow! https://t.co/wuEih3fRn9- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 5, 2020
The JNU Administration has called the police to maintain order.
This is the moment to remain calm and be on the alert. In view of the largeness of the campus, number 100 can also be dialled.
Efforts are already being made to tackle the miscreants.
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh attacked by alleged ABVP Goons.. This attack is ONGOING @DelhiPolice Vasant Kunj thana is less than 1km away!!!!!!!! Why are you letting this happen??? pic.twitter.com/4z5QqA6kya- Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) January 5, 2020
Large stones that could have broken skulls were thrown at the students and teachers of the Jawaharlal Nehru University by masked men, JNU Professor Atul Sood told NDTV today.
Seven ambulances have been sent to Jawaharlal Nehru University and 10 ambulances are on standby, reported ANI.
JNU Teachers' Association to hold a press conference at the campus's North Gate at 9PM tonight.
What we are seeing on- P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) January 5, 2020
Live TV is shocking and horrifying. Masked men enter JNU hostels and
What is the Police doing? Where is the Police Commissioner?
I am so shocked to know abt the violence at JNU. Students attacked brutally. Police shud immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside univ campus?- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 5, 2020
Professor Atul Sood spoke about students and faculty being attacked with stones by goons who entered the campus unchecked. "These were not small stones, these were big stones that could have broken our skulls. I fell on the side and when I came out, I saw cars being completely vandalised including my car," Professor Atul Sood said.
Today, a protest march was called by JNUSU near Sabarmati Hostel where the clashes happened between the two groups. Police have not been called inside the campus but are deployed outside. A senior officer said once the complaint is given they will take the action.
Violence hit Delhi's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University this evening as the head of its students union was attacked on campus. Eyewitnesses said 50-odd goons entered the campus and went on a rampage, attacking people and vandalising cars.