Several Youth Organisations From Across India Condemn JNU Violence
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9—As many as 20 youth and students’ organisations from all over India have condemned the violence and assault on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students allegedly by ABVP and their supporters on January 5. JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president and Aishe Ghosh and around three dozen others were injured, some of them seriously in the mob violence.
These organisations are a part of the newly formed “Young India National Coordination Committee”.
They also strongly criticised the role of the police who failed to prevent the goons from entering the campus and remained a mute spectator in the entire orgy of violence.
“What began as a peaceful procession by the JNU Teachers Association was interrupted by masked mobs who entered the campus premises, armed with rods and lathis, clearly indicating their agenda to terrorise students inside the campus”, these organisations said in a statement.
Full statements is given hereunder.
“We, the undersigned, unequivocally condemn the violence planned and meted out by groups of violent goons allegedly from ABVP, who attacked and physically assaulted students and faculty members of Jawaharlal Nehru University. What began as a peaceful procession by the JNU Teachers Association was interrupted by masked mobs who entered the campus premises, armed with rods, and lathis clearly indicating their agenda to terrorise students inside the campus. There are confirmed reports of students being badly beaten up in front of their hostels as well as being pelted with stones and bricks in other parts of the campus. Further, medical personnel were denied entry into the campus to tend to the injured and there are confirmed reports of ambulances being vandalized and medical personnel being assaulted and manhandled.
We further condemn the Delhi Police’s failure in being able to prevent these goons from entering the campus premises, and for being mute spectators in this entire ordeal of violence and terror. In the past month, students in Universities across the country such as Jamia Millia Islamia University, Aligarh Muslim University, Cotton University, and Guwahati University, to name a few, have faced the brunt of brutal violence, often state-sponsored, for having simply exercised their right to protest. The fundamental right to peaceful assembly has been snatched away from students in the past weeks. Students across the country are being pushed to live in an atmosphere of fear and terror. It is worth mentioning here that the politics of our country has been shaped by student movements, and student politics is an indispensable part of a healthy democracy. The ruling dispensation’s clampdown on students is a shameful reflection of their insecurity about student unity and activism.
We stand in full solidarity with the students of JNU in their movement against the monumental fee hike imposed by its administration in an arbitrary manner. We also continue to extend our support to student communities across the country who are protesting against the unconstitutional CAA as well as nation-wide NRC and NPR. The onslaught of fascist currents through the State machinery shall be resisted in all its shape and form, and the student community should continue to take responsibility upon ourselves in resisting it”.
Issued on Behalf of Young India National Coordination Committee.
1. All India Students Association (AISA)
2. Ashoka University Student Government
3. Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI)
4. Dev Desai (ANHAD, Gujarat)
5. Film and Television Institute of India Student Association (FTIISA)
6. Jamia Coordination Committee
7. Jindal Global Law School Student Council
8. Maulana Azad National Urdu University Students’ Union
9. Muslim Youth League (MYL)
10. National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM)
11. Progressive Medicos And Scientists' Forum (PMSF)
12. Punjab Radical Students Union (PRSU)
13. Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union
14. Revolutionary Youth (RYA) Association
15. Sarvoday Yuva Vahini
16. Savitri Birsa Ambedkar Malcolm Kanshiram Ansari Veerammal, IIT Gandhinagar
17. Tezpur University Students'Council
18. TISS-Guwahati Student Council
19. Uttarakhand Students Organisation
20. Yuvak Kranti Dal (YKD)