Even as reports emerged of a brutal attack on the students and professors of JNU on Sunday, many leaders of the Opposition jumped in the fray and immediately blamed the ruling BJP and ABVP for the crisis. While Congress in its official reaction blamed the police for its inaction and termed the violence as a direct result of the Centre’s “divisive politics”, the party’s Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari drew parallels with the era of Nazi Germany. He described it as “state-sponsored terror”.
Meanwhile, CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged that this was a planned attack by the BJP government against the resistance to its alleged Hindutva agenda.
We strongly condemn the attacks taking place in JNU.— Congress (@INCIndia) January 5, 2020
This kind of violence is a direct result of the BJP govt's divisive politics and its failure in protecting students & our democracy from persistent attacks.
Why is the Police doing nothing to protect students? #SOSJNU https://t.co/sLz5xOHwZx
What is happening in JNU is reminiscent of Kristallnacht - the night of the broken glass in Nazi Germany. This is pure ,unadulterated Fascism playing itself out - State sponsored terror. This is exactly how the Hitler’s youths operated.— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) January 5, 2020
Reports coming from JNU point to a collusion between the administration and goons of ABVP to inflict violence on students and teachers. It is a planned attack by those in power, which is afraid of the resistance provided by JNU to its Hindutva agenda.— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) January 5, 2020
Students beaten up in #JNU— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 5, 2020
Teachers beaten up in #JNU
Goons vandalising women’s hotel.
Brutality & beatings unleashed.
No Police anywhere,
No JNU Administration!
Is this how Modi Govt seeks revenge against students & youth?#SOSJNU https://t.co/V6itsIQuR8
The JNU registrar officially confirmed that there was a law and order situation on the campus. Reportedly, masked miscreants armed with sticks and other weapons have damaged property and beat up students as well as faculty members. JNU Students’ Union president Aisha Ghosh has also been grievously injured. While the JNUSU has hinted at the involvement of alleged ABVP members, ABVP has denied the allegations. In fact, it has claimed that 25 of its own members have been seriously injured in an attack orchestrated by the "goons" of the Left.