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Sting ‘unmasks’ attackers from JNU hostel, all ABVP’s News – India


NEW DELHI: A freshman from JNU, who said he was affiliated with ABVP, admitted to “mobilizing outsidemen” and leading the attack by masked vigilantes and 20 ABVP members on teachers and students, and vandalising hostels on the night of January 5, a covert investigation by India Today has revealed.

The student, Akshat Awasthi, said the streetlights went out just before and during the attack it was the work of “police, administration… whose police are it?” The lights went out, he said, as that’s when “we were mobilizing.”

In the sting ingeoperation, Awasthi said he called the “organizational secretary of ABVP” on Sunday, whom he named but was beeped in the broadcast. After his talk, he mobilized Sunday night’s hooliganism, he said.

The three students interviewed in the research were from the JNU. Awasthi is looking for a title in French. The second, Rohit Shah, who also claims allegiance to ABVP, is also in the French course.

Awasthi was also identified in the images of the January 5 attack – jeans, jacket and a helmet covering his face and head. He said he could be seen running down the hall of the hostel, breaking anything he could think of. He boasted that he mobilized the attack in retaliation for an assault allegedly by left-wing students at the Periyar hostel on the same day.

India reported today that Awasthi also identified both people in the most viral images of the attack – of a girl with his face covered and the male with a mallet – as Associate companions of ABVP. Awasthi said that after the raid, he found a member of the ABVP hiding. He assured her that she was from ABVP, “she took off her helmet, put my arm around her, and went out as a couple.”

The stick in his hand was pulled from a flag near the Periyar hostel. When asked if he was beating someone, Awasthi said, “There was a man with a beard flowing. He looked at Kashmir. I hit him and kicked the door.

Security guard GV Thapa told India Today that 10-15 men, in shawls with lathis, forced through The Saraswatipuram Gate where he was on duty a short time after 7 pm on Sunday. “They threatened to hit me and came in,” he added.

Shah told the undercover reporters that he lent the helmet to Awasthi. “It’s a necessity when you break glass.” The mob also arrived in his room, but moved on after he told them (masked men) “it was an ABVP room.” When asked if he was proud of his actions, he said, “Of course, ”

The third student was former JNUSU President Geeta Kumari, who admitted to “closing the server room” to cripple the operation of the administration. “There are no exams. None of our demands are met. The (VC Jagadesh Kumar) didn’t even know us. Our VC does everything online, sends ‘love letter’ online, sends happy next year online, sends warnings/threats online…”

Reacting to the investigation, ABVP General Secretary Nidhi Tripathi said: “Anyone participating in ABVP or JNUSU events cannot qualify to become members automatically. Akshat Awasthi is not an office bearer, nor a Karyakarta of ABVP. Anyone involved in the violence at JNU should be prosecuted. We will fully support the police in their investigation.”

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