JNU violence/ Voice of India’s youth being stifled, says Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi: After NCP chief, Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi comments on the violence in JNU yesterday: “The voice of India’s youth and students is being muzzled every day. The horrifying and unprecedented violence unleashed on Indias young by goons with active abatement of the ruling Modi government is deplorable and unacceptable. Yesterday’s bone-chilling attack on students and teachers in JNU, Delhi is a grim reminder of the extent the Govt will go to stifle and subjugate every voice of dissent.

“The Congress stands in solidarity with youth, students; strongly deprecate sponsored violence in JNU and demand a judicial probe.”

Violence broke out at JNU on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged properties on the campus, prompting the administration to call in the police.

Incident reminded me of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday said that the incident reminded him of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

“I was reminded of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Investigation is needed to find out who were these masked attackers,” Thackeray said.”There is an atmosphere of fear among the students in the country, we all need to come together and instill confidence in them,” he added.

On Sunday evening, more than 30 students, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, were injured and taken to the AIIMS Trauma Centre after a masked mob entered JNU and attacked them and some professors with sticks and rods.

The JNU administration and political leaders, cutting across political lines, have condemned the attack on students and urged the police to take action against the perpetrators.

Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar condemn attack

West Bengal Chief Minister¬†Mamata Banerjee termed the attack on students and teachers at JNU as a “disturbing and fascist strike” by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Banerjee said she had begun her political career as a student leader but never before witnessed such “brazen attack” on educational institutes.

Nationalist Congress Party chief¬†Sharad Pawar said JNU students were subjected to a “cowardly and planned attack”, adding that use of violence to suppress democratic values won’t succeed.

Pawar’s remarks came as his party minister Jitendra Awhad joined the students protesting the violence, at the Gateway of India.

Good meeting with HRD ministry: JNU proctor

Dhananjay Singh, JNU Chief Proctor, said: “It is very unfortunate that there has been unabated violence in the University. We had a very good meeting today with the secretary of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Efforts are on to normalise the university. “