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JNU Students Attacked: How The Night Of Terror Unfolded 

Violence broke out at JNU on Sunday night after masked men attacked students and teachers on the campus.

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(This article was first published on 6 January 2020 and is being republished from The Quint's archives to mark one year of the mob attack on JNU's campus.)

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Violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday night, 5 January, after masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in the police. At least 18 people were injured and admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh suffered a head injury. The JNU administration said, "masked miscreants armed with sticks were roaming around, damaging property and attacking people".

The Left-controlled JNUSU and the ABVP blamed each other for the violence that continued for nearly two hours.

As chaos prevailed on the campus, JNU registrar Pramod Kumar said in a statement, "This is an urgent message for the entire JNU community that there is a law and order situation on the campus.... The JNU administration has called the police to maintain order. This is the moment to remain calm and be on the alert.... Efforts are already being made to tackle the miscreants," he added.

The violence occurred while a public meeting by the JNU Teachers' Association was being held.

The students' union alleged that its members, including Ghosh, were injured in stone pelting by ABVP members. But the RSS-backed students' organisation alleged that its members were brutally attacked by Left-affiliated student outfits and 25 of them were injured.

The Opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) latched onto the violence to target the ruling BJP. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal condemned the incident and said the situation was being "closely monitored". The Congress alleged that the attack on JNU students by masked miscreants was "state-sponsored mayhem".

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "I am so shocked to know about the violence at JNU. Students attacked brutally. Police should immediately stop violence and restore peace. How will the country progress if our students will not be safe inside univ campus?" Kejriwal said he also spoke to the L-G over the issue.

(With inputs from PTI)

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