Attackers Vandalize Delhi’s Campus as Political Insurgency Rises

Amidst fights that have shaken the internal aspects of India’s capital, New Delhi, the matters once again aggravated on Sunday, as masked men attacked students and professors at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

The attacks saw at least 42 people getting injured due to lack of action from policemen, who did not come forward to stop the brutal beat-down, which even videos circulated across social media confirmed.

JNU students said that the attackers belonged to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a Hindu Nationalist student organization. However, the group has since denied any involvement.

Witnesses at ground zero said that the attackers entered the college campus, shattered windows and chanted “Hail Lord Ram!”- a reference to Hindu god that has become a focal point in the bigotry fight.

Meanwhile, Delhi police forces have also been hugely criticized for the lack of action and their inability to arrest any members of the mob that stomped the campus.

Aishe Ghosh, the leader of protests at University in Delhi, needed about 16 stiches for the deep cuts inflicted on her head. Speaking on the very next day after the incident, the victim said she only survived by falling down and playing dead at the scene.

“They first vandalized a car parked nearby before besieging us. My sister managed to escape, but my friend and I were caught by the mob. They first struck me on my head with a rod before kicking and thrashing me,” Ghosh said explaining the extent of menace.

For now, a Hindu Fringe Group, the Hindu Raksha Dal has taken the responsibility of the attack. “JNU is a hotbed of anti-national activities. We can’t tolerate this. We take full responsibility of the attack … and would like to say that they were our workers,” its leader, Pinky Chaudhary, told the ANI news agency. However, it still to be confirmed that attackers really belonged to the union.

On the contrary, Ghosh and a few other students have been charged with attacking security guards during a prior incident on Saturday. The cops have accused them of damaging the servers, fiber-optic power supplies and for breaking the biometric systems inside the room.

Delhi has been trying to ail itself from the protests that erupted after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) passed the new citizenship bill, which critics say is an anti-Muslim move. However, BJP has explained its actions and said that it has nothing to do with Indian Muslims, and that it will affect only those who immigrated into India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before 31 December 2014.

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