JNU violence: Delhi Police registers FIR against unknown ABVP students

Delhi Police was deployed in JNU campus till late night after the controversy started over non-veg eating and Ram Navami worship in JNU. Two clashes broke out between students affiliated to Left organizations and ABVP on the JNU campus on Sunday. Students said that after the incident in the afternoon, the police had reached JNU, but despite this, there were clashes between the students at night. In view of this, additional police force was deployed at night.

The clash between two student groups over a hostel mess serving chicken for dinner on the occasion of Ram Navmi left at least six injured.

Deputy police commissioner (southwest) Manoj C said they received a complaint from a group of students from Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union (JNUSU), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), the Democratic Students’ Federation, and All India Students’ Association on Monday. He added they accordingly registered the FIR under Indian Penal Code’s Sections including 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation) 34 (common intention). “Further investigation is on to collect factual, scientific evidence and identify the culprits.”

According to students, AVBP members first objected to chicken being served as part of the dinner menu and then assaulted members of the mess committee.

“As per the pre-decided mess menu, non-vegetarian food is cooked for non-vegetarian students on Sunday, and paneer is prepared for vegetarian students. ABVP students, however, raised objections to the preparation of non-vegetarian food on Ram Navmi. They said that they were organising a Ram Navmi event around the hostel and will ensure that no non-vegetarian food is cooked,” said a first-year PhD student, who asked not to be named.

Rohit Kumar, president of the JNU unit of ABVP, said no member of the outfit was involved. He said some residents of the Kaveri Hostel planned a Ram Navmi pooja on Sunday which was disrupted by members of Left-wing outfits. “The poster for the pooja had been put up three days ago. Since then, some members of JNUSU and Left-leaning outfits were saying that they will not allow the event to take place on the campus. The pooja was delayed since students were raising slogans,” said Kumar. He added the ABVP was only standing in solidarity with the students who were performing the prayers.