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    New Delhi (Sputnik): More than 30 people, including students, teachers and guards were injured after violence broke out in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on 5 January. The clashes broke out after masked men and woman, wielding sticks, rods and sledgehammers entered the campus and went on a spree of violence which lasted hours.

    Police in the Indian capital are facing widespread condemnation for their perceived inaction during the rampage that continued for around three hours at one of the country's top universities on Sunday. unidentified masked people entered the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, where they physically assaulted students and teachers.

    A lawyer who represents the Delhi Police expressed his personal astonishment at the lack of police protection when there were “goons merrily entering JNU campus, creating mayhem & grievously injuring innocent students, damaging public property and then exiting the campus in capital city.”

    Videos on social media showed the thugs with sticks roaming around campus with impunity.

    Activists, journalists and celebrities also vented their anger at Delhi Police by sharing video clips showing them allegedly standing aside and taking no action, as attackers left the campus.

    Others slammed Delhi Police for watching the attack as bystanders and compared it to their behaviour at another premier university in Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, where students were beaten with batons and teargas was used on campus.

    Delhi police faced “Go Back” slogans on Sunday as they carried out a flag march after the ruckus when the university administration asked them to take the situation under control.

    Meanwhile, Delhi Police have filed official complaints against some students and handed over the case to its Crime Branch for investigation. Police have stated that the violence was the result of a fight between two groups on campus. Some reports suggest that violence erupted after left-wing students were discouraging students on campus from registering for next semester as a means of protesting against the administration.

    According to the university's statement, the clashes broke out between the students at their Winter Semester Registration. The students opposing the registration process over a hike in fees wanted to stop those who tried to register and continue their studies.

    However, a group of students alleged that the attackers were members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the youth wing of India’s federal ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

    The ABVP members have denied the allegations and held students opposing the fee hike responsible for the attack.

    Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University have been protesting against the Draft Hostel Manual proposed on 27 October, which proposed a fee hike, a strictly-enforced dress code, the imposition of a curfew and several other changes. 

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