NUSU (Lumami) condemns attack on JNU students, faculty

DIMAPUR, JAN 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/12/2020 12:17:39 PM IST

Nagaland University Students’ Union (Lumami) has expressed shock at what was described as “monstrous attack on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)” allegedly by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). 

NUSU general secretary Süyievelü Venuh and information and publicity secretary Mewekhro Mero, said the student community of Nagaland University was greatly troubled by the current horrific events in JNU where students and faculties were subjected to serious physical assault and almost killing them, besides the psychological trauma. 

Condemning the heinous attack by the “ABVP hooligans” in strongest terms and also the police personnel on JNU students and lecturers, NUSU (L) said it was saddened to see that the varsity, an institute that had once proudly begot individuals, activists, leaders and many more who contributed much to the nation, “was bleeding”. 

Stating that the terror was unleashed on innocent individuals, NUSU said it was very much evident that it was no longer a simple issue of fee hike but a political motive as proved by the politically-driven attacks by the goons and police personnel. It said JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Asihe Ghosh was brutally beaten up and several students were in critical condition now. 

The Union said ABVP should be ashamed to even claim itself a student body because of its horrific attacks on teachers and fellow students. NUSU said that instead of fighting for students’ welfare ABVP was assaulting fellow students like lunatics.

It also expressed astonishment at the “incompetence and cowardice of the police personnel” from intervening to provide security to the attacked students and lecturers. NUSU said this only showed police bias which was evident at the press conference where Delhi Police almost glossed over the incident as though nothing serious had happened.

NUSU said what astounded it was the “most is the disgraceful response of JNU vice-chancellor and his administrative colleagues in doing bare minimum for ensuring safety of the students and faculties who are crying for help”. The Union said this clearly showed the dereliction of duty by the VC where he failed in his duty towards the students and staff of the university. 

Pointing out that this rendered the VC unfit to hold the highest post in an internationally-recognised institution of higher learning, NUSU (L) backed the demands for immediate resignation of the VC as the prestigious position was not for cowards.

The union announced its solidarity with “all our brothers and sisters of JNU” and extended full moral support to them. 

According to NUSU (L), the attack only strengthened its resolve to fight for what was right, fight against injustice and for truth. 

The union prayed that violence against JNU students and lecturers would be put to an end by the rightful authority and that justice would be served to every victim. 

“May we all prevail in this fight against corruption and travesty of justice,” it added. 


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