The Modi government faces unprecedented criticism for attacks on JNU students by masked thugs
NEW DELHI: On Monday, the Modi government suffered a massive attack by the opposition, youth, actors, activists and business magnates for the horrible violence against students, and Congress described the uproar of masked thugs as an example of sponsorship State terrorism reminiscent of the Nazi government.
While terrified JNU students staggered under the chaos of Sunday night, people took to the streets in several cities and towns across the country, condemning the assault and demanding action against the guilty.
The masked mafia armed with iron bars, sticks and hammers was enraged for more than two hours at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday night, leaving at least 34 students and teachers injured.
Demands to hold Delhi's chief of police, Amulya Patnaik, responsible for keeping the police as spectators during the attacks, and the dismissal of JNU Vice Chancellor, M. Jagadesh Kumar, for not protecting the dignity of the institute became stronger.
Congress' Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Sharad Pawar of the NCP, Sitaram Yechury of CPI-M, D Raja of CPI, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee , Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and K C Tyagi of JD-U were among those who strongly condemned attacks against JNU students.
Yesterday's chilling attack on students and teachers in JNU, Delhi, is a sad reminder of the extent to which the government will suffocate and subjugate every voice of dissent, said Sonia Gandhi.
Thackeray even compared the terrorist attack of 11/26 with Mumbai and said the students felt insecure in the country.
Congress alleged that the thugs involved in the attack belonged to the Bharatiya Janta Party and its front wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad. The charge was rejected by both organizations.
Video images broadcast on television channels showed that a former JNU student and ABVP member was among the thugs involved in the uproar.
The way young people are attacked and their drowned voices remind us of Nazi Germany in 1933, which seems to have returned under the rule of Modi and Amit Shah after 90 years, said Congressional chief spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala.
For its part, the JNU Teachers Association demanded the removal of Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, alleging that he did not protect the students and instead damaged the main institute.
The general secretary of the IPC (M), Yechury, former president of the JNUSU, said: The vice chancellor is also an accomplice in this attack. You must be fired immediately.
In solidarity with JNU students, protests were held at the University of Pondicherry, Bangalore University, Hyderabad University, Aligarh Muslim University, Mumbai University, Delhi University, Ambedkar University, Hindu University from Banaras, Chandigarh University, Bengaluru National Law University, Savitri Bai Phule University in Pune, TISS Mumbai, Jadavpur University, Presidency University, Kolkata and IIT Bombay.
Several Bollywood actors and filmmakers, including Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Anurag Kashyap and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, also expressed their anguish over the attacks against the UN students.
The human rights organization Amnesty International India also criticized the Delhi Police for repeatedly failing to protect students who peacefully protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Delhi police continued to be shameful bystanders of the brutality of the students, their Indian chief executive, Avinash Kumar, said in a statement.
In a statement, Sonia Gandhi alleged that the horrific violence unleashed in the youth of India by thugs went with the active support of the ruling Modi government and demanded an independent judicial investigation into it.
The voice of young people and students from India is being heard every day. The horrible and unprecedented violence unleashed in young people in India by thugs with the active support of the ruling Modi government is deplorable and unacceptable, he accused.
Gandhi claimed that everyday campuses and universities are raided throughout India, either by the police or by lumpen elements with the support of the BJP government.
Activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan tweeted: This is the Goonda Raj of the BJP/ABVP unleashed in JNU with armed thugs attacking students, teachers, doctors, mediators! Everyone helped and instigated by @DelhiPolice.
The Chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, also expressed concern about the attacks on JNU students.
It doesn't matter what your policies are. No matter what your ideology. It doesn't matter what your faith is. If he is an Indian, he cannot tolerate armed and lawless thugs. Those who invaded JNU tonight must be tracked and hunted quickly and not given a room ..., he tweeted.