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JNU attack: Pune students, social organisations take to the streets to condemn violence

Organisations including Lokayat, Students Islamic Organisation of India, Samatesathi Vakil and Janta Dal (Secular) held a protest at Goodluck chowk, FC road on Monday

pune Updated: Jan 07, 2020 16:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Protest at Goodluck chowk i(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Condemning the violence against students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus in Delhi late on Sunday, hundreds of people from the city staged various protests on Monday. While students converged to express their solidarity against the violence, political student outfits were not far behind to colour the incident for their political gains as the protests held different themes across the city.

With students and social organisations seething with anger, protests were held at Good Luck chowk on FC road, collector’s office and Savitribai Phule Pune University. Many carried the Tricolour, candles, handwritten banners and posters expressing solidarity with the JNU students and raised slogans demanding action against those involved in the attack. Students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) called the attack on the students and teachers an appalling display of intolerance.

Organisations including Lokayat, Students Islamic Organisation of India, Samatesathi Vakil and Janta Dal (Secular) held a protest at Good Luck chowk, FC road on Monday.

Firdaus Shaikh, a member of Students Islamic Organisation of India, said, “The incident which took place at JNU on Sunday is shameful. This shows that the government is scared of the students and is trying to suppress their voice.”

“The revolution started by students will spread across the country and now this attack will help us increase our numbers,” said Shaikh.

Shraddha RR from Lokayat, said, “The government is targeting students and making them a scapegoat. We voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, now they are questioning our citizenship.”

Student unions, including the ABVP, National Students Union of India and others, were involved in a war of allegations demanding answers to the violence unleashed at JNU on Sunday night.

FTII students condemn the attack

The first of the protests in the city began at FTII on Sunday night wherein students carried torches in a ‘mashal march’. Students gathered at the ‘Wisdom Tree’ point on the campus and marched to the main gate where they were joined by students from the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (GIPE) and Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).

The protests which began at around 10.30 pm continued till 1.30 am till the students were dispersed by the police.

“Campus security is not allowing us to hold protests inside the campus,” said V Aadith, president, FTII Students Association, on Monday.

FTII will be holding a protest on Tuesday. Student groups from SPPU, Fergusson College, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and other groups such as Yuva Kranti Dal, National Alliance of People’s Movements, and Navjevan Bharat Sabha will be participating in Tuesday’s protest, said Aadith.

Protests by ABVP

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP ) students held a protest at the SPPU campus and raised slogans condemning the attack on the JNU students and attacked left-wing political parties.

Dayanand Shinde, SPPU - ABVP unit president, said, “The violence was perpetrated by the leftist organisations who were unhappy with the support being received for Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).”

“ABVP condemns the threats and violence being committed by communist oriented groups who are taking law and order into their hands and spread terror among students,” said Shinde.

‘Attacks aim to silence voice of students’

Student unions affiliated to various political parties have also planned protests against the JNU attack. Satish Pawar, president, National Students Union of India at SPPU said that repeated attacks were taking place at JNU to silence the voices of dissent.

FTII to hold protests today

FTII will be holding a protest on Tuesday. Student groups from the SPPU, Fergusson College, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics and other groups such as Yuva Kranti Dal, National Alliance of People’s Movements, and Navjevan Bharat Sabha will be participating in this protest, said V Aadith, president, FTII Students Association.

ABVP attacks left-wing political parties

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP ) students held a protest at the SPPU campus and raised slogans condemning the attack on the JNU students and attacked left-wing political parties.

Dayanand Shinde, SPPU - ABVP unit president, said, “The violence was perpetrated by the leftist organisations who were unhappy with the support being received for Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).”

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