JNU Violence Updates: Deepika Padukone Joins JNU Students In Solidarity
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JNU Violence Updates: Deepika Padukone Joins JNU Students In Solidarity

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Deepika Padukone Reaches JNU

Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone joined students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in their protest against an attack by a masked mob on Sunday night.

The movie Chhapaak, about an acid attack survivor, starring Padukone is set to release on Jan. 10, 2020.

Several Teams Of Forensic Science Laboratory At JNU To Collect Evidence

Several teams of the Forensic Science Laboratory arrived at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday to collect evidence in connection with the violence in the varsity campus that injured 34 people, sources said.

Teams from Physics, Chemistry and Biology divisions of the FSL were in the university, they said.

The Physics team will collect evidence such as rods and stones used by the masked mob to attack students and teachers at the university, while the Chemistry team will collect samples of chemicals, if there are any. The biology team will collect DNA samples, among other evidence.

A team of photo experts from the FSL was also present at the campus.

Delhi Police has requested the FSL to also send a computer forensics team to analyse CCTV footage and it is likely to visit the university on Wednesday, according to the sources.

On Sunday, a mob of masked young people stormed the JNU campus in south Delhi and systematically targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones and iron rods, hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings. They also attacked a women's hostel Security has been strengthened in the campus following the violence. Police personnel in large numbers are present on various gates of the university to ensure that no untoward incident takes place.

Police has barricaded the gates and only visitors with valid id cards are being allowed entry.

An FIR has been registered against unidentified people in connection with the violence and the Crime Branch is probing the incident.

The Crime Branch, along with the local police team, had visited the campus on Monday to collect evidence, including CCTV footage.

The agency is rigorously scanning all CCTV footage of the incident and also the video clips uploaded on social media and circulated on WhatsApp, according to police.

Fringe Hindu Group Claims Responsibility For JNU Attack

A fringe right-wing group, Hindu Raksha Dal, has purportedly taken responsibility for the attack on JNU students in a video posted on social media.

The video, which was posted on social media on Monday and has gone viral since, shows a man identifying himself as Pinki Chaudhary saying that those who resort to "anti-national activities" will be treated in the same way that JNU students and faculty were. He later told news channels that others involved in "anti-national activities" will face similar attacks.

There was no immediate reaction from the police on Chaudhury's claims.

"For several years, JNU has been a bastion of communists and we will not tolerate it. Hindu Raksha Dal, Bhupendra Tomar, Pinki Chaudhury take the responsibility of what has happened in JNU...all of them were our volunteers. Those who cannot do such work for Mother India don't have the right to live in this country," Chaudhary was seen as saying in the video.

"We are always ready to sacrifice our lives for Mother India. We will not tolerate anyone who speaks against the religion," he added.  Efforts to reach out to Chaudhary were unsuccessful with his phone switched off.

More than 35 students were injured on Sunday when a masked mob went on the rampage, attacking students and professors and vandalising property.

The JNUSU has accused the RSS-affiliated ABVP volunteers of attacking the students.

Two Days After Attack, JNU Professor Sucharita Sen Files Complaint

JNU Professor Sucharita Sen, who suffered head injuries during an attack on students and teachers in the university campus on Sunday, has filed a police complaint.

Sen said outsiders had gathered at the university campus with sticks, rods, and deadly weapons.

She said she was first hit with a large stone on her shoulder and then with even a larger one on her head, following which she fell on the ground bleeding profusely.

Protesters Call Off Stir In Mumbai After Eviction From Gateway Of India

Protest against the JNU violence was called off on Mumbai on Tuesday after the demonstrators were shifted from the Gateway of India to Azad Maidan, police said.

In the morning, several protesters, including students and women, were taken in police vans from the iconic Gateway of India in south Mumbai as roads were getting blocked and people, including tourists, were facing problems, a police official said.

Police had appealed to protesters to shift but when they didn't listen, they were "relocated" to Azad Maidan near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 1) Sangramsingh Nishandar said.

"After the protesters were relocated, they called off their demonstration," he said.

Since the demonstration was posing problems for tourists and in traffic movement, the protesters were requested to move to the Azad Maidan, he added.

While most of the students who were part of the protest left the Azad Maidan after the demonstration was called off, some people, including women, were still at the ground, another police official said.

Earlier, hundreds of people, including students, women and senior citizens - who assembled at the iconic Gateway of India since Sunday midnight - demanded action against those behind the JNU violence and resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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