Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Jan 7 (ANI): Sangramsingh Nishandar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1), on Tuesday, said that serious cognizance has been taken regarding the "free Kashmir" poster seen in the protest against the violence in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the Gateway of India.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which includes students at JNU, released a statement saying they didn't start Sunday's violence and insisted their members were attacked first by students with links to communist groups.
At least 35 students and teachers, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, were brutally beaten by an armed masked mob on the evening of January 5.
The cops registered four FIRs in JNU violence that shook the national capital on Sunday.
Police beat students with sticks in Kolkata on Monday (January 6) during a protest over a university attack in a different city. "In Jamia, police were targeted and attacked". The students said attempts have been made to break the democratic nature of the campus but they will not bow down and would fight back not with violence but with words and ideas.
Fresh rallies erupted Monday on the JNU campus, protesting violence the previous night.
Facing criticism, Delhi police probe attack on students at elite university
The street protests have further divided a country that gave Modi a landslide return to power in May past year . Students staged peaceful marches to register their protest against the violence on the JNU campus.
Witnesses said police allowed the mob to go after students and their defenders.
"What I had to say on JNU, I said it yesterday".
"We rushed to the spot and found that 40 to 50 unidentified people, few of them covering faces with handkerchiefs and masks, and carrying sticks and rod were beating up other students inside and outside the hostel", the FIR read. There were violent clashes at JNU a year ago over a rise in hostel fees. "Even the teachers were not spared", said Chatterjee, who did his MA in history from Indira Gandhi National Open University.
According to the university, the staff managed to take control of the communication and information (CIS) premises on Saturday morning, after students allegedly rendered it useless.
When the violence ended with more than 30 people wounded, the questions only deepened: Who were the assailants and why didn't police - who have lately been accused of using extreme force against demonstrators - stop the attack?
Modi's BJP denied claims by the opposition Congress that it was responsible, and in turn blamed left-leaning student groups which dominate the university's politics.
"The FIR against the president of JNUSU is totally understandable".
Jawaharlal Nehru University, with its history of progressive education, is considered a bastion of liberalism in the country.