Several students and professors have been seriously injured in the sabotage and violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday evening. Throughout this development, questions are constantly being raised about the attitude of Delhi Police.
According to reports, about 30 number of masked assailants entered the JNU campus with sticks and iron rods on Sunday evening. They ransacked the campus and entered hostels and beat up the students.
Many girl students were also beaten in this violence that lasted for several hours. It is alleged that despite seeking help, Delhi Police did not go inside the campus.
In this case, the Delhi Police says that she was waiting for the permission from the Vice Chancellor of JNU, so she did not go inside the campus.
However, questions are being raised on this answer of the police. Because during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Delhi Police were also accused of assaulting and vandalizing students by entering into Jamia Millia Islamia.
Delhi Police says that an FIR has been registered regarding the incident and the police is investigating.
On the question of why the police did not show quickness and strictness in the case of JNU, Prakash Singh, former IPS officer and former Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, says, “There is criticism even when the police enter the university without permission She came. Even when it does not come, there is criticism that violence continued and the police did not come. That is why the role of the police is very difficult. The question is at what time did the university administration call the police and when did the police arrive. If an officer of the students’ union calls the police, then the police cannot come in such a situation, then questions will arise that how did they enter the campus without the permission of the administration. ”
However, they also believe that if the police continues to wait for the permission of the university administration on every occasion, then big incidents will happen.
‘Police needs to change tradition’
Prakash Singh said, “This tradition has to be broken. Today’s boys roam the campus with pistols, knives and bombs. If the police gets any kind of violence, then they should go to campus and take action. In the event of such a situation, one should not wait for the permission of the Vice Chancellor, but this society also has to accept it. Society sees things according to its own. Where it seems accessible, it should be said, where it is not accessible it should be said. The perception about educational institutions that the police do not enter without permission, needs to be changed. Now-a-days such criminal incidents are happening in all the campuses, in such a situation, if you keep asking for permission every day, then someday even if there is a murder inside the campus, then the police will keep waiting for permission.
According to Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa, a phone call was received to the Delhi Police at around 5 pm on Sunday, in which it was told that there was a fight between two groups in JNU. Even before this, there were talk of such fights.
कैंपस के अंदर दिल्ली पुलिस को जाने की अनुमति नहीं है लेकिन कोर्ट के आदेशानुसार सिर्फ एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन ब्लॉक में तैनाती हो सकती है. जहां हिंसा हुई वो जगह थोड़ी दूर है. दिल्ली पुलिस को जेएनयू प्रशासन ने शाम में पौने आठ बजे कैंपस में आने के लिए कहा. जिसके बाद पुलिस ने फ़्लैग मार्च किया.
बीबीसी ने इस मामले में दिल्ली पुलिस की कार्यप्रणाली को लेकर उत्तर प्रदेश के पूर्व पुलिस महानिदेशक विक्रम सिंह से भी बात की.
विक्रम सिंह के मुताबिक़, ”पुलिस का तर्क है कि कैंपस में जाने की इजाज़त काफ़ी देर बाद मिली और अंदर पहुंचने में देरी हुई. मैं इस तर्क को नहीं मानता. आज की तारीख़ में जेएनयू बेहद संवेदनशील जगह है, पुलिस की उपस्थिति आसपास होनी चाहिए थी. अगर आप कैंपस में नहीं थे तो आसपास क्यों नहीं थे?’
Why did the police not show agility?
Vikram Singh says, “My question is that when in such a big preparation, as it is being told that about 30 cash-strapped people entered the leading university of the country with an iron rod and spent hours orgy, what did you do?” If the JNU administration had such a poor attitude, then you should have taken action. If the situation was becoming uncontrollable, then you should have gone in whether to call the Vice Chancellor or not. Your argument was not allowed. How can you give this argument, when the orgy was happening, there is no reason to stop.
He also raised the question that even after 24 hours, the police did not take any specific action in this matter. Nor has anyone been arrested so far.
He said, “If you could not announce a reward to yourself that those giving information about them would get the prize, there would definitely be some help. But some specific action is not visible from the police. Why is it being so lax? It was expected that in this incident in which the girls were beaten up, the children were beaten up badly, in that the police would have taken such effective action which would have awakened the confidence of the police but the attitude of the police has led to the mistrust. ”
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the leftist student organizations are blaming each other for the violence. The attack took place inside the JNU campus.
According to reports, the masked attackers went to many hostels and attacked them. Eyewitnesses say that more than 50 people entered the JNU campus, who had taken poles and sticks. Most were wearing clothes on their faces. These people started attacking the students as soon as they entered the campus.
Many students say that the police was present outside the campus but they did not come for help and the attackers continued to vandalize inside the campus.
Questions have been raised continuously on Delhi Police
If we look at the developments in Delhi in recent times, the police action has been constantly under question. Whether it is the case of assault by lawyers or the Jamia Campus during the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Now questions are being raised on the functioning of the police in the JNU incident.
“This is the misfortune of Delhi Police,” says Vikram Singh. First the fight with lawyers, then the violence in Jamia and now the JNU case. The police did not learn from any developments. These three movements came together, but there are rare occasions when police should be patted in such movements. The Delhi Police neither took lessons from the clash with the lawyers nor from the Jamia incident. In the case of lawyers, the police did not use force, there were allegations of excessive use of force in Jamia and in the case of JNU, it was completely passive. Leadership of Delhi Police will have to see these things where they are missing – in training, in presence, in intelligence or in all three places.
Vikram Singh has also raised the question that in the case of Jamia the Delhi Police did not wait, entered the campus and library but was waiting for the VC’s permission in JNU?
He said, “What affidavit were you waiting for? Could not go inside the campus but what happened to Yogendra Yadav at JNU gate is also condemnable. The police should have taken action there too. If someone was murdered or something more serious inside, then who would be responsible? With your action, you prove yourself wrong that you were not allowed to have any permission in Jamia, but why could you not enter JNU?
Why is there no arrest till now?
In this case, no arrest has been made even after 24 hours have passed. Several students injured in the attack were sent from ambulances to the AIIMS Trauma Center. AISI Ghosh, president of JNU Students’ Union, was also badly injured in the attack.
However, this is not the first time JNU students have questioned the action of the police. In the past, the police were accused of vandalism even during the protests in JNU regarding fee hike and other things.
Now questions are also arising that when the attackers came out of JNU after sabotage, assault and violence, why did the police not catch them. If the police could not go inside the campus, then it was free to take action outside.
Former IPS Prakash Singh says that if masked people left the campus and took to the streets, then the police should have taken action. If the police were present there, they should have caught them, if they were innocent they would have left them later but should have taken action. If the police do not take action, then it is bound to raise question marks.
Vikram Singh says that if the police were active, no such incident would have happened in JNU. These situations have been created due to the inaction of the police.
He said, “How can it happen that thirty people enter the campus with lathi sticks, orgy and go away, you cannot do even a arrest. This is not possible. This raises questions on the functioning of the police. This is the responsibility of the top leadership of Delhi Police. They should think about it.
दिल्ली पुलिस क्या केंद्र सरकार के दबाव में काम कर रही है? यह सवाल लगातार उठा है.
प्रकाश सिंह कहते हैं, ”दिल्ली पुलिस ही नहीं सारे देश की पुलिस इस बात से प्रभावित है कि उस फ़ोर्स पर किसका राजनैतिक नियंत्रण है. जिसका राजनैतिक प्रभाव होगा उसका प्रभाव वहां की पुलिस पर दिखेगा. पुलिस को आप स्वायत्तता दीजिए, मैं स्वतंत्रता की बात नहीं करता लेकिन पुलिस को स्वायत्तता दी जाए कि वो हालात को देखकर एक्शन ले सके.”
दिल्ली पुलिस का कहना है कि इस मामले की जांच क्राइम ब्रांच करेगी. जितने भी सीसीटीवी फुटेज हैं वो जुटाए जा रहे हैं और जांच शुरू कर दी गई है.
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