JNU violence: Delhi Police watch as ambulances smashed, leaders heckled
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, their faces covered with mufflers, chanting slogans – “Desh ke gaddaro ko, goli maaro saalo ko”, “Naxalwad murdabad” and “Na Maowad, Na Naxalwan, 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’.
The men threatened journalists not to click photos or come nearby and also manhandled Swaraj India head Yogendra Yadav. All this while, over 250 policemen looked on without intervening. Many of those gathered at the gate told The Indian Express that they were affiliated to the ABVP (the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student body of the RSS), but most did not divulge 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.…
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