Published: 17th September 2018
ABVP members assault JNU President-elect, issue death threats just a day after elections
Sai Balaji has lodged a complaint with the police. Several other students were also assaulted by the ABVP
Just a few hours after he was declared the winner of the Presidential elections at JNU, N Sai Balaji was attacked allegedly by members of the ABVP. Several other students have also been brutally assaulted and now Balaji is reportedly getting death threats as well.
Recalling the incident, Balaji said in an FB post that he was called to the site of the violence after he heard that a student named Pawan Meena was being attacked by ABVP students, "Upon reaching, what I saw was mayhem. The mob, led by Saurabh Sharma, was baying for the blood of any student they thought was a friend of Pawan Meena and were attacking students with sticks. They openly threatened me, Geeta (Kumari) and other students present there with dire consequences if we intervened to stop the violence."
He also said that a former student of JNU, Abinay, was also chased down by the mob and "almost lynched", "I ran with other students to save Abhinay who by then had fallen unconscious after the beating and took him to the ambulance and sent him for medical aid," Balaji said. Immediately after, Balaji says he was threatened by the mob and was, therefore, rushed into a PCR vehicle
Apparently, one of the ABVP members got into the car as well. "These two students were repeatedly stopping the PCR and threatening me. To my surprise, Saurabh Sharma stopped the PCR between Jhelum and Sutlej and the ABVP student sitting inside the PCR van opened the door. Upon opening (the door) more threats were made to me and I was physically assaulted inside the PCR van," Balaji said.
The President-elect along with his supporters subsequently went to the Vasant Kunj Police Station and lodged a complaint. However, the students complained that ABVP members surrounded the police station and threatened to "kill him" the minute he stepped out. The faculty also went along with Balaji to the police and were present when the threats were being issues, sources said.
Balaji finally made it back to the hostel but the campus continues to remain volatile.