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Police have identified some masked attackers in JNU, say sources


Delhi Police have identified some of the masked men who attacked students and teachers in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday and vandalised public and private property, government sources said Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the Union human resource development ministry told vice chancellor Jagadesh Kumar to make all out efforts to restore the normal functioning of the University at the earliest.

Kumar who on Tuesday appealed the students to “put the past behind and return to campus”, had been severely criticized by students and teachers for not being able to stop the attack.

The crime branch of the Delhi Police is investigating the attack on students and teachers in JNU that injured over 30 and sparked outrage across the country. The Left-controlled JNU students’ union (JNUSU) and the ABVP blamed each other for the violence that continued for nearly two hours.

On Monday, police had claimed that they have found vital clues and would crack the case soon.

A fringe group called Hindu Raksha Dal claimed responsibility for the attack. The group’s leader Pinky Chaudhary took the onus of the attack in a video post on Twitter on Tuessday. Police are probing his claim.

While no one has yet been arrest for Sunday’s mayhem, JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh who suffered head injuries after being beaten with iron rods, was booked for allegedly manhandling security personnel and destroying university property on January 1 and 4 along with other students.

The police had come under fire for not responding quickly to distress calls to stop the attack by the gang of masked men. The police insisted that they responded as soon as a PCR call was received and sanitized the area after the university staff called them.