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Students at the Sabarmati Hostel, Mahi Mandvi Hostel, Periyar Hostel hostels of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have allegedly been attacked. The university's students' union, JNUSU, has claimed that some "masked" persons entered the JNU's Sabarmati and other hostels and thrashed the students with sticks and rods on Sunday.
The students' union has alleged that the attack was orchestrated by the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The JNUSU has alleged that ABVP "goons" pelted stones and also vandalised the property at the Sabarmati hostel.
"The ABVP attackers, with covered faces, are trying to enter Periyar Hostel by climbing the pipes," the JNUSU said on Twitter, adding, "ABVP members wearing masks were moving around on the campus with lathis, rods, and hammers".
But the RSS-backed students' organisation alleged that its members were brutally attacked by Left-affiliated student outfits and 25 of them were injured.
The students' union claimed that its president Aishe Ghosh and many other students were injured in stone-pelting by ABVP members. Aishe Ghosh was seen bleeding from the head in photos and videos that surfaced on social media.
"I have been brutally attacked by goons wearing masks. I have been bleeding. I was brutally beaten up," Aishe Ghosh was quoted as saying by ANI.
On the attack on JNUSU president, the students' organisation said, "The JNUSU President was singled out and hit on her head by men who entered the university campus with the blessing of the guards, the administration and the Police. We need help. JNU is under attack. Indian Students are under attack."
Some on social media have claimed that the attack was over the hostel fee hike and the boycott of the registration ahead of the semester exams.
Police personnel have been deployed at the main gate of Jawaharlal Nehru University, following violence on the campus's hostels.
The ABVP, in a statement, alleged that the students affiliated with the organisations have been attacked by the All India Students Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI) and the Democratic Students Federation (DSF).
In a statement, ABVP president Durgesh Kumar said, "Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad members have been brutally attacked by students affiliated to leftist student organizations SFI, AISA and DSF. Around 25 students have been seriously injured in this attack and there is no information as to the whereabouts of 11 students. Many ABVP members are being attacked in hostels and the hostels are being vandalized by the leftist goons."
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted to the JNU violence and said, "I am so shocked to know about the violence at JNU. Students attacked brutally. Police should immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside the university campus?"