A day after he was elected the new president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), N Sai Balaji alleged that he and the former president, Geeta Kumari, were assaulted by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the early hours of Monday, 17 September.
According to Balaji’s statement, ABVP members had attacked some students at around 1 am on Monday. When the situation spiralled out of control, Balaji was reportedly asked to step in – which is when he too was assaulted by the ABVP.
He further alleged that the ABVP led by former joint secretary Saurabh Sharma and Ashutosh Mishra – had also attempted to ‘lynch’ another former JNU student in the lawns of the hostels, who was saved and rushed for immediate medical aid.
He termed the incident as “terrifying”, and said he was asked by his fellow students to sit in the Police Control Room vehicle to escape any attacks. However, the ABVP stopped the vehicle and ushered a member to sit along with him, he alleged.
Balaji further said that he directed the PCR to take him to Vasant Kunj police station, to file a complaint, and is currently in the station fearing for his safety. According to another statement released by the JNUSU, the mob has reportedly reached the gates of the Vasant Kunj police station, threatening to harm Balaji.