ABVP members claim to be attacked by Left-affiliated groups in JNU, demand security in campus

Alleging a series of attacks on its members, the RSS student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad's (ABVP) accused Left activists of curtailing their 'freedom of expression'

Press Trust of India September 18, 2018 21:05:30 IST
ABVP members claim to be attacked by Left-affiliated groups in JNU, demand security in campus

New Delhi: Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad's (ABVP) Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) unit Tuesday alleged that they are being attacked by Left-affiliated groups in the varsity and refused to go back to the campus till the university administration assured them of security.

Alleging a series of attacks on its members, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) student wing accused Left activists of curtailing their "freedom of expression".

ABVP members claim to be attacked by Leftaffiliated groups in JNU demand security in campus

File image of the JNU campus. Image courtesy: jnu.ac.in

"They are always going gaga over their demands for freedom of expression but are they the only one who deserve this freedom. Why is our freedom of expression being curtailed?" ABVP member Niharika Jha said at a press conferencein Delhi.

Jha alleged that she was attacked by Left activists Saturday night when she was returning from a police station on a motorcycle.

"We are so scared. They are simply taking out their frustration on us despite winning the elections. Who will take the responsibility for our security? We will not go back to our hostel rooms till the university administration assures us of safety," another ABVP member Satvik, who claimed he received injuries on his head during the violence, said.

Sushil, a specially-abled student, attended the press conference on a stretcher and narrated the story of the alleged attack on him.

Violence erupted on the JNU campus after a united front of Left student groups Sunday won all four central panel posts in the union defeating the ABVP by considerable margins.
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Meanwhile, the All India Students Association (AISA) alleged that ABVP members randomly attacked students, with a former student being almost "lynched" and the new Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president being beaten up.

This is the second incident of the two groups clashing on the campus, the last being on Saturday ahead of the counting, which was suspended after election authorities cited "forcible entry" and "attempts to snatch away ballot boxes".

Five FIRs have been registered on the basis of cross complaints in connection with the alleged incidents of violence on the JNU campus.

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