ABVP says JNU violence’planned by Left parties’, claims attacks started on 3 January
The organization claimed that while it had been not able to reach out to its supporters until 10 pm, the Left organisations’had managed to get Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav and CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat to be present on the scene’.
Chauhan asked. ‘How come former JNUSU leader Umar Khalid was able to be at the protest in Mumbai organised at the Gateway of India? The attack, in addition to this protest, was known to him.’
He added:’How come overseas universities including Princeton, Harvard managed to start a signature campaign so quickly at about 2-3 am?’
Another ABVP activist claimed Sunday that its presidential candidates for 2019 were attacked around 4 pm. ‘The ABVP activists were inside and they helped the students to hospitals and many were given shelter in the residence of ABVP activists too,’ he said.
Sunil Ambekar, the former national organising secretary of ABVP, denied charges that the organisation was behind the violence. ‘At least 15 of our activists have been confessed and 25 have sustained injuries. Even the president could be seen accompanying the people,’ he alleged. ‘Footage is being assessed and an inquiry is on. Not ABVP students but overall students were beaten up. The facts will come out.’
In a statement, the ABVP also countered the screenshots which are doing the rounds claiming that the organisation was behind the attack. ‘screenshots of men are being widely circulated from Whatsapp groups averring they’ve ABVP affiliations,’ it stated. ‘Such malicious insinuations betray the Left’s own desperation since they have been caught with their hands. Mischief must be condemned by every right-thinking citizen.’
‘to kill the magician’
Ambekar further accused the Left-led JNUSU has been making efforts to stall the admission process over the fee increase, and added that the attacks did not happen overnight but had started on 3 January when students wearing masks had allegedly entered the center for information system and made the servers dysfunctional.
‘Over 1,000 registrations had taken place as many students were content with the fee revision. The fee hike is simply an excuse to protest, they only want to kill the magician,’ he said. ‘Those who wish to study are unable to. Many had seminars, there were others who had to work on their practicals but labs are out of reach for them.
Ambekar said the ABVP will continue its protest to permit the university to resume the registration process. ‘We protested peacefully and were also against fee increase. The administration revised the charges and what’s being charged now is nominal,’ he added. ‘Just like Naxals attack stations, they’re attacking institutes now. We will continue with our democratic protests that enrollment should be allowed. They need to allow an institute to operate.’
Ambekar also alleged that a political angle to Sunday night’s attacks, adding that Congress leaders such as Rahul Gandhi should harbour Prime Ministerial aspirations but not at the price of students. ‘Don’t use the students as a pawn. Don’t make the students hostages. If you want to become the PM do some work,’ he said.