İrem UZUN -TDO- On Sunday night, dozens of students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were injured allegedly by a group associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Students have protested in cities across India after a masked mob stormed the high-profile university in Delhi and attacked students and teachers with weapons including sledgehammers, iron rods and bricks, injuring more than 30.Security has been beefed up at the campus of a university following a night of terror.
The attack at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), long seen as a bastion of leftwing politics, comes as students lead a nationwide campaign against a citizenship law introduced last month by Modi that is seen as targeting Muslims. Videos that emerged after the assault showed people in masks roaming inside the corridors of the university and beating students who were protesting against a fee rise. Students at the Sabarmati hostel, which bore the brunt of the violence, described on Monday how they had locked themselves into their rooms when they heard glass being smashed or ran outside and hid in bushes until the attackers dispersed.“Even after it was over, I had the most fearful night of my life, lying awake listening to every footstep in the corridor,” said Arjit Sharma, 23, a student of ancient history at JNU. One attacker told him “We’ll come back for you”, she said.
The BJP and opposition parties have condemned the violence on the campus. But while the ruling party blamed it on “forces of anarchy who are determined to use students as cannon fodder,” several opposition leaders called it an “organized” attack carried out by the right-wing student union. Opposition Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi alleged “active abatement of government in the attack” and said it was a “grim reminder of the extent the government will go to "stifle and subjugate every voice of dissent".