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JNU clashes: No permission given to hold Ram Navami puja, Iftar party, say sources

JNU hostel authorities did not grant permission to students to organise puja on the occasion of Ram Navami or to host an Iftar party. This is because the university does not allow any sort of religious events in the hostels, sources said.

At least six were injured in the clashes between Leftist and ABVP students on the JNU campus (PTI photo)

A day after clashes broke out on the JNU campus, it has come to light that hostel authorities did not grant permission to students to organise puja on the occasion of Ram Navami or to host an Iftar party. This is because the university does not permit any sort of religious events to be held in the hostels, sources told India Today.

Significantly, the warden of Kaveri hostel, where the scuffles erupted, issued a notice on Sunday stating that for organising any religious programme, permission has to be taken from the administration in advance.

The notice posted on the notice board of Kaveri Hostel. (India Today photo)

Despite not having the requisite permission, ABVP students organised a puja programme on Ram Navami. They claimed left-wing students attempted to disrupt the puja. On the other hand, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has alleged that ABVP used muscle power and goondaism “to create a ruckus, manhandled the staff and asked them not to prepare any non-vegetarian items.”

An FIR was lodged following a complaint against unknown ABVP students by the JNUSU and other left-leaning students’ bodies. Delhi Police will question the injured students and those accused of assault, the sources said.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up at JNU to maintain peace and ensure no untoward incident takes place again in the wake of Sunday’s clashes, police said.

“We have deployed our teams outside the campus. If the university makes a request, definitely our personnel will be deployed inside the campus. The university has its own security which has been deployed inside the campus,” a police officer told PTI.

At least six students were injured in the violence that took place after ABVP members allegedly stopped left-leaning students from consuming non-vegetarian food in the hostel mess on the Hindu festival of Ram Navami. Both sides, however, claim that more students were injured in the clashes.


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