January 6, 2020

Press Statement


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:


The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the brutal attack on the students and teaching faculty of Jawaharlal Nehru University by outsiders on January 5.


Armed masked men entered the JNU campus in the presence of a big contingent of the Delhi Police and for three hours went on a rampage inside the campus entering the girls’ hostels and beating up students. JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh was grievously injured in the attack and was admitted along with 20 students and teachers at the AIIMS trauma centre.


It is inexplicable that the Vice Chancellor and the university authorities allowed outsiders to go on rampage for hours before asking for police intervention. This also came after Delhi Lt. Governor directed the Police to maintain law and order and punish the culprits.


The Vice Chancellor who has been instrumental in systematically undermining and dismantling the country’s premier university had permitted this rampage to go on unchecked for hours. The Vice Chancellor should be sacked for this complicity in permitting this attack.


The President of India as the Visitor of the University must immediately sack the Vice Chancellor and ensure that normalcy prevails in the campus.


Unlike what the Union Home Minister sought to portray as a clash between two groups, the video recordings of this rampage, that have gone viral, and the screen shots of WhatsApp groups like  “Unite Against the Left” clearly show that this attack was preplanned and executed with the full knowledge of the authorities.  From the slogans that these outsiders were shouting, it is clear that they are part of the RSS-BJP. These goons must be punished forthwith.