Two groups of students compete at JNU to eat non-vegetarian food on Ram Navami
On Sunday April 10, a fight broke out between two groups of students on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, allegedly over non-vegetarian food served in the hostel canteen on the occasion of Ram Navami.
According to reports, students from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) stopped other leftist students from eating meat and assaulted the mess secretary of the Kaveri Hostel on campus. On the other hand, leftist students reportedly interrupted Ram Navami’s prayers at Kaveri Hostel, India today reported.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) further alleged that the ABVP used “goondaism and muscle power” to create a ruckus.
“They were forcing and attacking the mess committee to change the dinner menu and exclude the usual meats for all students,” the student body said in a statement. “JNU and its hostels are meant to be inclusive spaces for all students and not for any particular section,” he added.
Both parties accuse each other
Rejecting JNUSU’s claims, ABVP said, “Some students had held a pooja and havan program on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami at 3:30 p.m. at the Kaveri hostel.”
“Many ordinary JNU students joined this pooja. Leftist students came to oppose, obstruct and prevent the pooja from happening. They created a fake uproar on the ‘right to food’ issue ( non-vegetarian food),” they added. .
Both sides accused each other of throwing stones and injuring their members.
According to NDTVsix students were injured in the incident which took place at the Kaveri hostel at 3:30 p.m.
Clarification of academic issues
After the clash, the university issued a notice stating that there were no restrictions on the consumption of non-vegetarian food in the campus mess and that there were no bans from the university administration. “Be it Ramzan or Ram Navami, everyone can celebrate it in their own way,” JNU Rector Ajay Dubey told India Today.
“Everyone follows their own religion. The mess is run by the student committee and they decide on the menu. At the moment measures have been taken. The principal has issued a notice and it has been clarified that anyone can worship according to their faith There is no ban from the university,” he said.
The police called
Meanwhile, police were called to campus after the incident turned violent.
“There is no violence at the moment. A demonstration took place, which is now over. We are all stationed here with our team. At the request of the university, we have come here and are trying to maintain peace,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) said Manoj C.
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