JNUSU Elections: Police guard campus gate amidst tension over stalled counting

New Delhi: After counting of votes being stalled for over 14 hours the JNU students’ polls on Saturday, the area DCP, three ACPs, five inspectors and two companies of the CRPF were stationed at the campus gate.

The end of the day was marked by allegations of rigging in the polls which led to tense atmosphere till late in the night.

Earlier in the day, the RSS affiliated ABVP had alleged that the Election Committee was attempting to “rig” the polls.

Late at night, the message was circulated that the student outfit had gathered up its activists from Delhi University, who were heading to JNU with “lathis and weapons”. However, the police asked the public to “resist rumours”.

There were more WhatsApp messages, asking JNU students to gather outside different Schools on the campus to ward off any possible violence.

JNUSU general secretary alleges attack

  • Former JNUSU general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty alleged she and three others were beaten up by unidentified men, after they went to file a police complaint at Vasant Kunj North police station.
  • She had gone to file a complaint over a clash between the SFI and ABVP earlier in the day.

ABVP candidate picked up student?

  • Around 11.30 pm, a PCR van entered the campus after a call was reportedly made by a security guard saying a Scorpio car with the name of an ABVP candidate had entered the campus and forcibly picked up a student.
  • However, ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma denied the charge. “This is absolutely baseless. Nothing like this has happened. We haven’t mobilised anyone. This is typical Left rumour mongering,” he said. DCP (southwest) Devendra Arya, meanwhile, said, “Counting (of votes) is continuing. We are available at all gates. There is no issue.”

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