Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President, Aishe Ghosh has been brutally attacked by masked goons inside the university premises on Sunday, 5th January 2020.
According to reports, a masked group of people entered JNU’s hostels; they beat up students with sticks and rods. Professors trying to protect the students were also attacked. The students’ union has claimed that the attack was carried out by the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Based on videos and images that surfaced on various social media platforms, it is evident that JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh and General Secretary, Satish Chandra Yadav were injured in the attack. Aishe Ghosh was seen bleeding from the head and this is what she was quoted as saying to ANI: “I have been brutally attacked by goons wearing masks. I have been bleeding. I was brutally beaten up.”
According to this report, a research student claimed, that the violence erupted following a scuffle, which took place after alleged members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad began throwing stones at a protest march of students, against the recent hostel fee hike proposal.
According to eyewitnesses, about 50 masked goons entered the university campus. Professor Atul Sood, narrated to NDTV, “The mob entered hostels and threw huge stones, vandalising property.”
ABVP stated: “The ABVP members at the JNU have been attacked by people affiliated with the AISA, DSF and AISA. At least 15 students have been injured…Students at various hostels of the JNU have been attacked. The people belonging to the Left organisations have broken the windows.”
The students allege that the police has not taken any action and “don’t seem to be bothered” at all.
A Tweet from the students’ union’s official Twitter handle read: “Professors who were trying to protect us have been beaten up. These are unknown ABVP goons, not all are students, they have covered their faces, and they are moving towards the hotels near the West Gate. Stay alert. Make human chains. Protect each other.”
This is a statement by the JNU administration: