Violent clash injures JNU students during poll committee selection

Videos of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed students being attacked with sticks, stones, and bicycles, while security personnel tried to intervene and rescue them

| Updated: 01 March, 2024 1:07 pm IST

New Delhi: A clash between two student groups over the selection of election committee members at the School of Languages in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Thursday night left several students injured and hospitalised.

The clash reportedly erupted between members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Left-backed groups, who accused each other of disrupting the election process and resorting to violence. Videos of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed students being attacked with sticks, stones, and bicycles, while security personnel tried to intervene and rescue them.

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Some of the injured students were admitted to Safdarjung Hospital, while others received first aid at the university health centre. Both groups have filed police complaints against each other, alleging assault, intimidation, and vandalism. The university administration has not issued any official statement on the incident, and the exact number of injured students is still unknown.

The incident has sparked outrage and condemnation from various quarters, including political parties, civil society groups, and alumni associations, who have demanded a thorough probe and strict action against the perpetrators. The incident has also reignited concerns over the escalating tensions and violence between different student factions within JNU, which is known for its politically charged atmosphere and active student involvement in socio-political issues.

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