New Delhi: Tensions flared on Friday late night at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as clashes erupted between two student organisations on campus. The altercation resulted in injuries to several students, prompting them to seek treatment at Safdarjung Hospital.
According to one student group, the conflict stemmed from a dispute over the protocol for calling a general body meeting before the elections. The meeting was allegedly convened without meeting the required quorum, leading to protests from members of the opposing group, which eventually escalated into violence involving sticks.
In adherence to JNU’s constitution, a general body meeting is traditionally held before elections, with representation from all student organisations and the signatures of at least 10 per cent of the student body. However, it is claimed that proper procedures were not followed and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) alleges that Left and NSUI students disregarded these rules.
Tambourines used as weapons
During the confrontation, students purportedly used tambourines as weapons, resulting in injuries. ABVP members said that such incidents are not uncommon, particularly around February 9, referencing past incidents where provocative slogans were allegedly raised, including the divisive ‘Bharat tere tukde honge’ chant in 2016. The injured students lodged a complaint with Delhi Police. Currently investigation is going on in this matter.
JNU bans protest near academic campus
Last year, JNU enforced strict regulations outlined in its updated Chief Proctor Office (CPO) manual, now prohibiting wall posters and protests within 100 metres of academic buildings, with fines up to Rs 20,000 or expulsion for violators. Allegedly prompted by an ‘anti-national’ slogan incident, the changes have drawn opposition from the JNU Students’ Union, labelling them as suppression of campus culture. The revised guidelines, approved by the Executive Council, empower the Vice-Chancellor to determine punishable acts, with fines for derogatory or disruptive behavior. Cross-examination during inquiries is banned, and the Vice-Chancellor’s verdict is final in disputes.