FIR lodged after students were attacked in JNU over non-veg food

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NEW DELHI : Delhi Police on Monday registered an FIR against unidentified people in a case of violence inside Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus that resulted in injuries of six students.

“We received a complaint from a group of students who are members of JNUSU, SFI, DSF and AISA against unknown ABVP students,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manoj C. said.

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Accordingly, the police registered an FIR under sections 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The DCP further said that the students belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have also intimated that they will also be giving a written complaint.

“On receipt of the same necessary appropriate legal action will be taken,” the senior official said.

The Left alliance members accused the ABVP of forcefully prohibiting non vegetarian food at a Hostel in the campus while the ABVP claimed that the members of the Left alliance, including the NSUI were not allowing them to conduct a ‘Puja’ and ‘Havan’ programme on the occasion of Ram Navami.

The JNUSU, in a statement accused the ABVP of forcing and attacking the mess committee to change the dinner menu and exclude the usual non vegetarian items in it for all students.

“The menu has food items for both vegetarian and non vegetarian students who can consume it based on their personal choice. But, ABVP is using muscle power and its ‘goondaism’ to create a complete ruckus and reinforce their Brahamanical hegemonization ideals by manhandling the staff and asking to not prepare any non vegetarian items,” the JNUSU said.

It further said that JNU and its hostels are meant to be inclusive spaces for all and not one particular section.

Students from different physical, social and cultural backgrounds have different food preferences that must be respected and catered to.

“This act of ABVP only signifies their exclusionary politics and right wing Hindutva policies to hegemonise democratic and secular spaces like JNU,” the statement added. — IANS

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