The Left-led JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Monday alleged that members of the RSS-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) vandalised the portraits of Periyar, Bhagat Singh, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Karl Marx, Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule and several other icons installed on the university campus.
“The ABVP has vandalised the portraits of Periyar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Karl Marx,Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule and several other icons. The walls inside the SU office have also been vandalised by the ABVP,” JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh tweeted.
Ghosh also alleged that the ABVP was trying to disturb the communal harmony inside the campus. “Condemning the vandalism in SU office and violence on the student community in the strongest possible terms,” she tweeted.
Reacting to the news DMK President nd Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin also condemned the attack on Tamil students allegedly by ABVP members and requested the vice chancellor to initiate action against the culprits and protect students from Tamil Nadu.
“The cowardly attack on Tamil students by ABVP and vandalising the portraits of leaders like Periyar, Karl Marx at #JNU, is highly condemnable and calls for a strict action from the Univ Admin,” tweeted Stalin.
Stain also alleged that the security personnel of JNU and Delhi Police turned mute spectators to the violence unleashed on students.
“Highly condemnable and calls for strict action from the university administration. The securities of JNU and Delhi Police have time and again turned mute spectators to the violence unleashed on students who fight for their rights and are critical of the Union BJP regime,” he added.
On Sunday, members of the BJP’s students’ wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), had accused students of Left-backed affiliates of also being behind the desecration of a portrait of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on his birth anniversary at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
ABVP also had earlier accused the Congress-backed National Student’s Union of India (NSUI) of orchestrating the vandalism at the office of the JNU students’ body.