New Delhi, January 11, 2020:
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members were involved in the recent “masked” attack on the students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), revealed a sting operation by India Today.
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Two main suspects in the JNU attack were exposed in the sting. In the videos, the students confessed that they were part of the violence outside the University’s Sabarmati hostel. They were students pursuing Bachelors in French language.
A first-year student of the French degree program at the JNU, Akshat Awasthi identified himself in footage of Sunday’s attack and as an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He said that he had a stick that he took out from a flag near the varsity’s Periyar Hostel and rushed towards the hostel corridors.
In one of the videos, another suspect, Rohit Shah, is seen admitting that 20 more ABVP volunteers were part of the masked mob. The two also claimed that the Police had asked them to hit the students.
The sting by India Today also revealed that Left students were also involved in the incident and according to the students, they were ‘masked’, due to which they also decided to wear masks and carry out the violence in JNU.
It may be mentioned here that on January 5, masked goons had vandalized hostel property of JNU and brutally attacked students and teachers. JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh was also seriously injured. The incident was condemned nationwide after videos of the incident surfaced online.
Delhi Police have registered the case, however, no arrests have been done. Involvement of Delhi Police, RSS, ABVP and Bajrang Dal have come to light.
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