New Delhi: Delhi police said on Wednesday that they received cross-complaints from the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNSU) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) a day after high drama prevailed on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). on Tuesday night, with JNSU members claiming they were attacked with stones while watching a controversial BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A senior police officer said he has received cross-complaints from JNUSU and ABVP, which are being looked into, adding that further action will be taken accordingly.
Two students claimed that they were harassed and assaulted by members of the JNU student union. However, the claims were rejected by JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh.
Ghosh claimed ABVP members threw stones at a meeting watching the BBC documentary, and the two complainants, both ABVP members, were not harassed.
A section of students under the JNUSU banner distributed flyers for the screening of the documentary at 9 pm on Tuesday. Several students gathered at the JNU student union office for the screening of the BBC documentary.
However, the electrical connection at the JNUSU office was cut on Tuesday and students said they were watching the documentary on their cellphones when rocks were thrown at them.
Gaurav, a second-year graduate student and ABVP member, stated that he was assaulted by JNUSU members, although he did not throw stones at them.
“Me and my friend were going out for tea when we noticed a gathering of several people on campus. Soon we were surrounded by some students who grabbed and even dragged me. I am a heart patient and have anxiety issues. But still they harassed me,” said Gaurav.
Late Tuesday night, dozens of students also marched to the Vasant Kunj police station to file a complaint against the alleged stone throwers while raising slogans against the JNU administration.
The JNU administration considered that “these unauthorized activities on campus may disturb the peace and harmony” at the university. However, even after the warning, when the students remained adamant, the university administration decided to cut off the electricity and internet connection.
The varsity had previously stated that no prior permission was sought from JNU management for the screening of the documentary.
Meanwhile, ABVP’s JNU unit president Rohit Kumar said the student body “receives instructions to stop showing the documentary.”
“The BBC has been working to tarnish India’s image by making documentaries with a false agenda,” he said.
The central government had previously branded the BBC documentary as propaganda against the Prime Minister and the country.