UNSC students undergoing a cowardly but planned attack: Sharad Pawar

MUMBAI: NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday that JNU students were subjected to a cowardly and planned attack, adding that the use of violence to repress democratic values ​​will not succeed.

Pawar's comments came when his party minister, Jitendra Awhad, joined the students protesting the violence, at the India Gate here.

The students and professors of the JNU were subjected to a cowardly but planned attack. I strongly condemn this anti-democratic act of vandalism and violence. The use of violent means to suppress democratic values ​​and thinking will never succeed, Pawar tweeted.

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 JNUSU controlled by the left and backed by RSS (ABVP) blamed each other for the incident.