Violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has erupted time and again in the past couple of years. Once again, a clash broke out between two student unions, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) inside the university campus on Sunday amid the serving of non-vegetarian food in a hostel mess.
Meanwhile, (ABVP) organised a Havan at Kaveri Hostel on the occasion of Ram Navami.
Without losing any time, Delhi Police, rushed on the spot, registered an FIR regarding the clash between the two factions of the university.
Students taken to hospitals
During the incident, at least 15 students from both sides were injured, and they were taken to hospital. The administration informed police about the incident.
Clash on non-veg food
An ugly turn took place on Sunday when the left-wing students alleged that ABVP students were not allowed to cook non-veg meals in the hostel. On weekends, the university’s food menu is set.
The issue of non-vegetarian food erupted on Saturday, as per the hostel residents. The supplier had come to the hostel on Sunday but was allegedly sent away by ABVP activists. The left-wing student group called a meeting to discuss ABVP’s imposition on their “right to food.”
No serious injury
During the meeting, things took an ugly turn and a quarrel began between the students. Several students got injured and were taken to the emergency services at Safdarjung Hospital. No one has received any severe injuries, “said an official from Safdarjung Hospital.
According to the police, they received a call about the incident and rushed to the spot. The cops went in after the JNU administration allowed them to enter the campus in the evening. When we entered the campus, we saw a rally was going on. We are now trying to maintain peace, “the officer said.
The police are talking with both student groups to find out the root cause that led to the start of the clash on the university campus. The police are busy talking with the administration to get to the bottom of the case.
The JNUSU has blamed the ABVP members who tried to stop students from eating non-vegetarian food in the hostel mess and created a situation of chaos. However, the ABVP has denied the charge, claiming that leftists attempted to obstruct the puja, a Ram Navami celebration held at the hostel.
Mudslinging and blame games are going on between the two factions. After the ugly scene, both groups of students organised separate marches inside the university amid the protest against the skirmish.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Manoj C said the situation is peaceful and both student parties are protesting peacefully. Appropriate legal action will be taken on receipt of a complaint, “he said.
Such incidents are not uncommon on the JNU campus. A similar type of fight broke out in 2020 when masked men with sticks barged onto the university campus and beat students, faculty, and staff members.
Jawaharlal Nehru University has been known for its political activities since its establishment. Leftist-minded students ruled the university for a long time. Gradually, other factions also started penetrating the university campus.
Currently, it seems cheap and ugly politics are being held on the campus on a regular basis. Students’ minds of the university have diverted; they don’t like to keep their eyes on their academic career but are more busy being involved in harmful political activities.