All these charges, however, have been strongly refuted by the Left. It, in fact, alleged that its cadres were attacked by the ABVP, though it failed to produce any evidence to support its claims
New Delhi: Soon after the United Left swept the much-anticipated Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students' Union election, reports of intimidation by its activists have been pouring in. Now photos of scores of injured students have been released by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi parishad (ABVP).
Former JNUSU joint secretary and ABVP's face in the university, Saurabh Sharma alleged, “The attacks were pre-planned. At the dead of the night, our activists were attacked inside the hostel. The Left activists were armed with sticks. Is this what democracy is for the Left?” He, in fact, took to social media to allege, “Sujal, whose arms were fractured by them earlier, have been attacked once again. Another candidate for the post of councillor has also been attacked.”
All these charges, however, have been strongly refuted by the Left. It, in fact, alleged that its cadres were attacked by the ABVP, though it failed to produce any evidence to support its claims.
After defeat in #JNUSUelections2018, ABVP is indulging in brazen violence again. JNUSU President N Sai Balaji was attacked by ABVP. Many students who voted against ABVP have been assaulted. Police complaints have been filed against ABVP lumpens.— SFI JNU Unit (@SfiJnuUnit) September 17, 2018
To counter that claim, the ABVP has now released a video in which alleged Left activists are seen to have congregated outside Mahi hostel in the JNU to intimidate the ABVP workers.
In a statement, the ABVP alleged, “In continuation of the brutal violence by communists on 15-20 ABVP activists in SL-SIS Lawn on September 15 where Sujal Yadav, Anima Sonkar, Janhawi Ojha, Vikas Patel, Niharika Jha, Ashutosh Mishra, Onkar Srivastav, Nidhi Tripathi, Shruti Agnihotri, Priyadrshi Rathod etc were physically assaulted, the communists again did systematised violence (sic) on ABVP karyakartas by reaching room to room. Sujal Yadav, whose hand was already fractured, was again thrashed brutally by Pawan Meena and a bunch of other comrades. A complaint had been filed against him and others, but sufficient action hasn’t been taken till now.” The ABVP alleged that the attack took place at the behest and command of the newly-elected JNUSU president N Sai Balaji.
Vijay Kumar, the president of ABVP at the JNU told MyNation, “Many of them (ABVP workers) had to be taken to the hospital. One among them — Susheel Kumar — is a person with disability who has been brutally attacked. He is critically injured.”
With a barrage of evidence produced by ABVP, the question is, what is the JNU administration doing about it?
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Last Updated Sep 19, 2018, 9:28 AM IST