JNU: Meat has been a bone of contention these days across the country. JNU too was not untouched by it as ABVP and left-wing students involve in violence.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus today witnessed a violent spat between Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad members and left-wing students over the distribution of meat in lunch on Ramnavmi. The event took place at around 3:30 pm when students went to the mess to have lunch.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members allegedly attacked the mess secretary and prohibited the staff from serving meat in the hostel, according to the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU).
What is the whole issue?
Meat has been a bone of contention these days across the country. JNU, too, was not untouched by it when staff in varsity’s Kaveri hostel tried to serve students meat in lunch as a part of the menu. According to the JNUSU, some ABVP activists forcefully stopped the staff from serving meat on the day of Ramnavmi.
Countering the allegation by the varsity students’ union, ABVP, the student wing of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party claimed that the members of the left organizations tried to hinder Pooja at the hostel on the day of Ramnavmi.
Both the party involved alleged each other of throwing stones and trying to injure their members. However, the police have been called to control the matter.
What Do the Police Say?
“There is no violence as of now. A protest was held which is over. We are all positioned here with our team. At the request of the university, we have come here. We are trying to maintain peace,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Manoj C said, according to PTI report published bbu NDTV.
JNUSU Alleges ABVP of ‘Goondaism’
The JNUSU further alleged that ABVP employed “muscle force and goondaism” to create a commotion.
The student body claimed in a statement that “they were forcing and assaulting the mess committee to modify the dinner menu and omit the customary non-vegetarian foods in it for all students.”
ABVP Rejects Allegations
“JNU and its hostels are meant to be welcoming environments for everybody, not just one section,” the statement said.
The ABVP has outrightly rejected the allegations leveled by the union. “On the auspicious day of Ram Navami, several common students organized a pooja and havan event in Kaveri hostel around 3:30 PM,” ABVP said.
Violent Scuffle reported late night
According to Hemant Rajaura, principal correspondent with Hindustan Newspaper as he shared a video sent to him by JNU students in which students can be seen involved in a violent brawl with rods and wipers.
Many students have got injured in the late-night violence, according to the pictures widely shared on social media.
Some students have gheraoed Delhi’s Vasant Kunj police station demanding strict action against the culprits.
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