Student Organisations Express Solidarity with JNU, Protests Staged across NE

Student Organisations Express Solidarity with JNU, Protests Staged across NE

Chayanika Das | January 11, 2020 17:44 hrs

•    NESO and AASU hoist black flags at public places

•    AASU adviser, Samujjal Bhattacharya and GS Lurinjyoti Gogoi condemn incident, express solidarity

•    GUTA, PGSU, ULCSU stage sit-in demonstration at GU campus

•    On Jan 6, 200 students gathered near the Nehru Park gate to protest 

•    Protests across NEHU, IIT-G and Dibrugarh

•    Strong allegations of ABVP staging the attack

•    Hindu Raksha Dal claims responsibility for the attack

•    FIR filed against JNUSU president for vandalism

The North East Students’ Union (NESO) and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) hoisted black flags at public places and educational institutions in the northeast on January 8 and 9 in protest against the "barbaric" attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) students and faculty. 

AASU adviser, Samujjal Bhattacharya, made the announcement and said, “Such incidents will not be tolerated and are not acceptable to the student community. The culprits should be booked and security arrangements should be made for the students of the JNU.”

“JNU is a prestigious institution of the country and we condemn the barbaric action on the students of the institution. Both the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister have failed to tackle the situation in JNU,” he added.

Students of Cotton University stood in solidarity with JNU students on January 8. They hoisted black flags in front of their university gate to protest against the violence.

Lurinjyoti Gogoi, general secretary of AASU told G Plus, “Firstly we strongly condemn it. The attackers need to get punished and the university authorities need to ensure protection to students.”

On Tuesday last, the Gauhati University Teachers’ Association, Post-Graduate Students’ Union and University Law College Students’ Union, staged a three-hour sit-in demonstration at the Gauhati University (GU) campus.

On Monday last, AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi tweeted, “The students’ community of Assam stands in solidarity with @JNUSU and #JNUTA in their fight for justice. #JNUViolence #JNUattack.”

On January 6, around 200 students gathered near the Nehru Park gate at Panbazar to protest against the violence.

Research scholars and members of students’ union of the North East Hill University (NEHU) gathered in Khyndailad, Shillong to register their protest against an “authoritarian regime out to muffle the voices of democracy.”

Students of Dibrugarh and the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati also expressed solidarity with their JNU counterparts. 

Several videos and messages suggest that the attack was done by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members and such allegations are strongly making the rounds. 

The Hindu Raksha Dal (HRD) claimed responsibility for the JNU attack that took place during the evening hours of January 5. In a video shared on social media, HRD leader Bhupendra Tomar alias Pinky Chaudhary, can be seen and heard saying, “JNU is a hotbed of anti-national activities and we cannot tolerate this, and anyone who tries to speak the way they do will get the exact same response from us as they did. In the future we will do this in other universities as well. We take full responsibility of the attack in JNU and would like to say that they were our workers.”

Talking about the same, ex-JNU student Bedanta Bikash Borah told G Plus, "You can very easily identify the ABVP people. We know them very well. This is not the first time that something like this has happened in JNU. Hence we can easily identify the ABVP members. They were our classmates, we know them."

“HRD is clearly taking the responsibility to protect ABVP students,” he said. He is now afraid of the same happening in universities in Assam. 

“I am afraid for all the citizens of India. Whoever is speaking up, their voices are being silenced. This is violation of the Constitution of India," he added. 

On January 5 last, around 40 students including JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh were injured by a masked mob. Speaking to national media, Aishe had earlier said that she had told the police about unknown people gathering in the campus but there was no intervention.

Earlier, a video of Ghosh went viral on social media where she could be heard saying, "I've been brutally attacked by goons who were masked, I have been bleeding. I am not in a condition to talk."

Two police cases were filed in a span of four minutes against Aishe on January 5, shortly after she was attacked.

The first FIR (First Information Report) against Aishe and other JNU students was filed at 8.39 pm and the other at 8.43 pm on Sunday. Both the cases were filed while the mob was present on the campus, vandalising hostels.

Aishe and 26 students have been charged of destroying the server room of the university twice – on January 1 and January 4. They have also been charged of attacking security guards during the registration of students for the winter semester.
While protesting against hostel fee hike, JNU students had allegedly stormed into the server room to block the registration process on Sunday afternoon which further led to clashes between JNU students and the ABVP.

A day after the unrest, on January 6, a senior warden of Sabarmati, R Meena, resigned from the post and wrote a letter to the Dean of Students. "Resigning on moral grounds. It was my responsibility to provide for their safety and I failed," the letter read.

Apart from the protests against the JNU incident, an anti-CAA protest was held in Gauhati Club Rotary on January 9 where singer Zubeen Garg and music composer Ramen Barua among others were present. Several other artists gathered and protested by playing traditional folk instruments. Apart from them, AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya and President Dipanka Nath also attended the protest.

Assam artists’ fraternity and Chandmari Students’ Association organised a protest on January 10 and named it “Xilpi Jur Xomodal.”

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