JNU scuffle: 'It shouldn't have happened,' says Union Minister Ramdas Athawale


Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Monday said that taking stand against eating non-vegetarian food during Ram Navami is not wrong. He also added that whatever happened in Jawharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday in the national capital was not right. 

Athawale said, “Whatever happened in JNU was not right and should not have happened.”

He further said, “Ram Navami is a holy festival for Hindus and if someone takes a stand to not eat non-vegetarian food, it is not wrong. All ideologies must be accepted. Sentiments of all communities must be respected.”

Athawale asked for stringent action against the act and said that the culprits must be punished. 

For the unreserved, a scuffle broke out between two student groups allegedly over eating non-vegetarian food on the JNU campus in the national capital on Ram Navami on Sunday where six people have been injured in the clash. 

The student unions, since then, have started to clarify their own sides. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), BJP’s student union blamed ‘Left and NSUI workers’ to disrupting pooja (worship) by creating ruckus. 

Meanwhile, a left-wing students’ union, All India Students Association (AISA) workers, claimed that the mess usually cooks non-veg on Sundays. However, on the day of incident, some ABVP goons threatened the mess manager and attacked mess committee members. 

As many as six people have been injured due to the clash between two groups. After which, the police has registered an FIR against few unidentified people who belong to ABVP. 

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Manoj C said, “We received a complaint from a group of students who are members of JNUSU, SFI, DSF and AISA against unknown ABVP students.” 

(With inputs from ANI)


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