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JNU Violence Stirs Protest Waves From Pondicherry to Oxford Campuses

On Sunday night, masked men armed with sticks, lathis and stones, attacked students and teachers of JNU on Sunday night.

New Delhi: Students in university campuses across the country and even abroad staged protests in solidarity with JNU students and condemned the violence that took place in the varsity.

Protests took place at Pondicherry University, Bengaluru University, University of Hyderabad and Aligarh Muslim University. Students staged peaceful marches to register their protest against the violence on the JNU campus. Students of Delhi University and Panjab University also protested against the violence and stood in solidarity with the students of JNU.

“Today it is them, tomorrow it can be us. Violence in any form is condemnable. We stand by our friends in JNU,” Raiza, a Pondicherry University student said.

Protests were also seen at Oxford, SOAS London and Columbia University where students expressed solidarity and took out marches holding posters demanding safety of students on campus.

On Sunday night, masked men armed with sticks, lathis and stones, attacked students and teachers of JNU and damaged property on the campus.

Many were injured and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.

JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh suffered a head injury. All 34 students who were admitted to AIIMS trauma centre were discharged on Monday morning.

The students who were attacked said the attack was pre-planned, adding that the ‘masked goons’ were affiliated to the ABVP. The JNUSU has accused vice chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar of ‘perpetrating violence’. Several students also accused the Delhi police of not taking any action against the attackers.

(With PTI inputs)