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SOS: JNU UNDER SIEGE

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The more they tried, the more they failed.

“We have been trapped inside, more than 300 ABVP workers have blocked all entry and exits after creating mayhem in hostels and the campus. They also entered inside the girl’s hostel with acid as we have heard. We fear for our lives tonight”

This was an SOS call from one of our staff, who is studying at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), moments after the campus came under one of the worst attack and vandalism. While siege at Jamia was conducted by Delhi Police, last night’s act of insanity at JNU was allegedly spearheaded by goons of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student offshoot of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who attacked students with rods, lathis, bricks destroying anything that came in their way.

The attack was led by men and women (as it appears from images going viral) of right-wing organisations, who have been vying for blood ever since a student movements against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rocked the foundations of the Narendra Modi government. The attack left 20 students injured over 15 ending up in AIIMS Trauma Centre including the JNUSU president Aishe Ghose.

The students in JNU fear for their lives, several alleged that the police has been aiding and abetting the miscreants. The same Delhi Police, which has been picking up people from autorickshaw for passing through a protest site, watched as an organized terror took over JNU on Sunday night while goons roamed freely. The clarification by Delhi Police that it conducted a flag march later falls short as it raises questions as to why did it come to a point when it was required to enter inside a central university. Students alleged the police were in on the plot with the miscreants as street lights went off for nearly a km along the radius of the north gate affecting the traffic which gave the masked miscreants a free pass. The Delhi Police today appears to be helpless among all central forces in the Home Ministry ruled with an iron fist by Amit Shah, the man known for his notorious activities during his days in the Home department of the Gujarat government.

It is not just a coincidence that the dastardly act comes just days after Shah evoked emotions at a public rally calling for punishing Tukde-Tukde gang, a term loosely used for students of JNU and other organisations speaking against the government. This was a well-coordinated showdown of brute force by a regime. The events that have unfolded in the fortnight will be a permanent blot on the face of an organisation, whose motto is Shanti, Seva, Nyaya, but lacks on them all.

JNU has given some of the top leaders to the right-wing, who do not hesitate to take down there own alma mater as and when it suits there political narrative. The young and the new will not forget that these leaders, born out of student movement under Jaiprakash Narayan kept quiet as their own alma maters were targetted and hid in the garb of condemnation tweets, with no guts to question their own leaders. No matter how much the Prime Minister tweets and the Home Minister continues his hollow assurances of inquiries, the students will not forget how universities were laid siege to and their peers divided in the name of religion, caste, and class.

While we as a society have a short memory span, this continuous attack on our friends, brothers, sisters, kids, teachers should register in our collective conscience for a long time, that there came a government which was so fragile and delicate that it attacked students, fired upon them and made an attempt on there lives, but the more it tried, the more it failed and the revolution grew stronger.

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