FTII students condemn JNU violence, more protests are planned

PUNE: Students from the Indian Film and Television Institute organized a protest on Sunday at midnight against violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.

They also plan to hold another demonstration on Monday, a meeting for which it is currently ongoing, said a member of the FTII student association.

On Sunday at midnight, FTII students carried 'mashals' (fire torches) while shouting slogans against violence and expressing solidarity with JNU students.

They held a demonstration in front of the FTII door, holding banners with messages such as: 'FTII meets JNU, condemns the violence of ABVP thugs'.

Later, students from other universities in the city of Pune also joined the protest.

After obtaining information about the violence of JNU, we immediately convened a student meeting and organized a protest outside the FTII, said the student association member.

Students from other universities also joined the midnight turmoil, he said.

What happened at JNU is condemnable and we appeal to all students of various colleges and universities here to protest such violence, he said.

A protest is planned on Monday and a meeting is underway to decide the course of action, he said.

Sandip Barve, a member of 'Yuvak Dal', a local youth organization, said they will also hold a couple of protests outside the district headquarters and at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Monday night.

He (ABVP) also plans to organize a protest in SPPU.

Violence broke out in JNU on Sunday night when masked men armed with sticks and bars attacked students and teachers and damaged property on campus, which led the administration to call the police that conducted a flag march.

At least 28 people, including the president of the JNU Student Union (JNUSU), Aishe Ghosh, were injured when chaos reigned on campus for almost two hours.

Eyewitnesses alleged that the attackers entered the premises when the JNU Teachers Association was holding a meeting on the issue of violence on campus, and assaulted students and teachers. They also broke into three shelters.

The video images transmitted by some television channels showed a group of men, brandishing hockey sticks and bars, moving around a building.

The left-controlled JNUSU and the RSS-backed ABVP blamed each other for the incident.