New Delhi: A little before 8 pm on Sunday, police gathered outside JNU’s north gate, having been called in following the violence unleashed by masked men on campus that lasted close to three hours. What followed was dozens of men, women, their faces covered with mufflers, chanting slogans – “Desh ke gaddaro ko goli maaro saalo ko”, “Naxalwad Murdabad” and “Na Maowad, Na Naxalwad, Sabse Upar Rashtrawad” – not allowing ambulances to reach the campus by puncturing tyres and smashing windows. They did so next to a police barricade and in front of a police detention van, with many of the men chanting slogans of ‘police zindabad’.
Many of the students gathered at the gate and told the media that the goons were affiliated to the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student body of the RSS), but most did not divulge the names. Many were seen holding sticks in their hands.
Amid the sloganeering occasional scuffles broke out between ABVP and Left outfits. The violence happened in darkness as all streetlights in front of the gates were switched off. Occasionally, one or two policemen would intervene and disperse the crowd.
Police presence was increased outside the gate by 10:45 pm and the crowd was moved out to the road opposite the gate. Streetlights were turned on by 11 pm. By this time, the presence of Left groups increased and they started forming a human chain, pushing back ABVP members and raising slogans such as, “ABVP campus choro, “Delhi police sharam karo.”