Mumbai, January 6
Students in university campuses across the country and even abroad staged protests in solidarity with JNU students and condemned the violence that took place in the varsity.
Protests took place at Pondicherry University, Bengaluru University, University of Hyderabad and Aligarh Muslim University. Students staged peaceful marches to register their protest against the violence on the JNU campus.
“Today it is them, tomorrow it can be us. Violence in any form is condemnable. We stand by our friends in JNU,” Raiza, a Pondicherry University student said.
In Kolkata, police baton-charged supporters of the Left and the BJP as the two sides engaged in a face-off in the city's Jadavpur area on Monday during protest rallies, officials said.
Students of the Jadavpur University, activists of the SFI and members of other Left outfits took out a rally from 8B Bus Stand to Sulekha More, protesting against the violence at JNU campus on Sunday.
A march was taken out by the BJP from Bagha Jatin More to Jadavpur Police Station over the JNU issue and also ransacking of its party office in the area on Sunday night.
The two sides came face to face at Sulekha More, leading to a brawl.
Police put up barricades and blocked both the rallies, however, allegedly abuses were hurled and slogans and counter-slogans raised.
SFI supporters claimed that BJP workers used expletives against women activists. The Left cadres in protest burnt flags of the BJP.
After repeated attempts to calm the situation, officials said police baton-charged to disperse the rallyists.
Protests were also seen at Oxford and Columbia University where students expressed solidarity and took out marches holding posters demanding safety of students on campus.
More students from various colleges in Mumbai joined the protest at the Gateway of India on Monday morning to condemn the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi.
Protests have also been reported from several campuses across India, including Aligarh, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.
The students shouted slogans condemning the violence.