JNU Students Injured over ‘Non-Veg’ Food During Ram Navami

It was reported that atleast 16 students from Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), were found injured as the campus became chaotic during the fight.

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An FIR was registered by Delhi Police against the unknown Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members in connection with Sunday’s clash at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

As per officials, the incident reported a clash between two groups of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus. On the occasion of Ram Navami, non-vegetarian food was served which allegedly upset the students and a clash was initiated.

It was reported that at least 16 students from their respective sides, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), were found injured as the campus became chaotic during the fight.

Police said that the details of the case were registered which was based on a complaint filed by members of JNUSU, SFI, DSF and AISA early this morning against unknown ABVP students.

The FIR was registered under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), , 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. “Further probe is on to collect evidence and identify culprits,” officials said.

JNUSU chief and SFI member Aishe Ghosh alleged that AVBP members created a havoc and assaulted residents of Kaveri Hostel mess over the cooking of non-vegetarian food on Sunday. The Left-wing student outfits disrupted a prayer ceremony organized on the occasion of Ram Navmi by shouting slogans. Left groups stood outside the Vasant Kunj police station till late Sunday night, demanding to meet the inspector.

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Students exclaimed that AVBP members first pointed out to chicken being served as part of the dinner menu and then continued to assault members of the mess committee.

In a statement, the JNUSU, which is controlled by the Left outfits, said ABVP members created a “violent atmosphere” at Kaveri Hostel. “They are forcing and attacking the mess committee to change the dinner menu and exclude the usual non-vegetarian items in it for all students. The menu has food items for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian students who can consume it based on their personal choice.”

Despite the fact that the menu for April 10 was pre-decided by the committee through hostel general body meetings, a group of people asked the mess manager to not cook chicken on Sunday, details from the letter to dean. “The mess manager complied without informing the mess and hostel committee. The vendor who came to deliver chicken to the Kaveri Hostel was verbally abused, threatened, and manhandled. Students from outside of Kaveri Hostel (non-residents) verbally abused and physically assaulted hostel committee members,” the letter said.

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