Iranian student manhandled at JNU

According to the student eye witness the trigger for incident was celebrations after India’s win over Pakistan at cricket match on Sunday night.

Published: 05th June 2017 09:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2017 10:39 PM   |  A+A-

JNU campus | File

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A student hailing from Iran was allegedly beaten up by a group of around 10 student members belonging to Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday.  

According to the student eye witness the trigger for incident was celebrations after India’s win over Pakistan at cricket match on Sunday night. A complaint has been filed by the JNU Student Union to Proctor of the varsity requesting strict action against ABVP.

As per the formal complaint filed by the student it was ABVP members celebrating by bursting crackers after India's win in the match at Damodar hostel last night. The hostel's guard asks the group of students to stop bursting crackers as it is disturbing others. In response to which the accused students including former Joint Secretary Saurabh Sharma beat up the guard and the Iranian student who intervenes.

With two different versions coming over from both the sides, the JNU Student Union(JNUSU) and ABVP blaming each other for the incident.

The ABVP in a statement said that JNU is still a safe haven for anti-India sentiments.

"I was manhandled by a group of students some of whom may be foreign nationals on simply feeling happy for my country. It's really disheartening that JNU is still a safe haven for anti-India sentiments" said former Joint Secretary JNUSU and ABVP member reacting to the allegations of his involvement in the matter.

“I got to know of the incident after getting calls from students in the hostel these students were drinking and manhandled the students and the guard. This is nothing but ABVP’s chauvinism at work again in the varsity” said Pandey.

The student victim was not available for comment as he did not wish to pursue the matter further informed Pandey further.

Meanwhile both Sharma and the alleged victim Iranian student signed a mutual assurance letter to not to push the matter any further and as no police complaint has been filed.  

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