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ABVP, leftist students clash at JNU over seminar venue

The police said both sides involved in the violence had lodged complaints

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Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) clashed with activists of the All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI), two leftist groups, at the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi on Sunday night.

IANS reported “at least a dozen students” were injured in the clash.

ANI reported the injured students were being treated at AIIMS. ANI reported the police found the clash erupted after “heated arguments took place between two groups of students on account of organising a seminar in a student union hall”.

The police said both sides involved in the violence had lodged complaints “levelling allegations against each other of disrupting their meeting and initiating quarrel by another side”.

JNU Students Union (JNUSU) president Aishe Ghosh alleged the violence was instigated by the ABVP. She said ABVP members had begun a meeting at the venue in question despite it being reserved by another organisation. Aishe claimed when JNUSU members asked the ABVP to move their programme elsewhere, they were attacked.

However, Shivam Chaurasia, the president of the ABVP unit at JNU, alleged that members of the AISA and SFI had barged in on an ABVP event at the student activity centre. Chaurasia claimed the leftist students attacked ABVP members with chairs.


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