Where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at JNU in February 2016, Jawaharlal Nehru University, one of the world’s premier educational institutions, is once again embroiled in controversy. This time the topic of controversy is Veg vs Non Veg. In fact, on the day of Ram Naomi, two groups of students clashed in JNU at Kaveri Hostel on Sunday. Hindu students present here wanted to perform Ram Naomi puja and havan on Sunday, the last day of Naratiya, while in the evening Muslim students had called an iftar party in the hostel to break the fast, which was to be held after 5 pm. In the afternoon, the time of worship at Ram Naomi was after 3 pm. On Sunday, a scuffle broke out between the students of the Left and the ABVP in Kaveri Hostel and a fierce fight broke out. The incident is being reported. More than 10 students were injured in the blast. Both the student organizations are blaming each other. On the other hand, the university administration has directed the senior officials to prepare the investigation report of the case. JNU students have reached Vasant Kunj North police station in protest against the violence and are raising slogans demanding action.

Meanwhile, South West District Deputy Commissioner of Police Manoj C said that the police had come to the campus on the request of the JNU administration. The injured were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The police are currently interrogating representatives of both the parties on the campus. Further action will be taken based on the facts that emerge after the investigation. The Deputy Commissioner of Police said that the matter is being ascertained after talking to various students in the campus.

At the same time, ABVP alleges that the Left student organization wants to stop Ram Naomi Puja. Every effort was made to disrupt the worship. The All India Students’ Union (AISA) and the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) have accused the ABVP of stopping non-vegetarian food at the Kaveri hostel. ABVP’s JNU unit president Rohit said the puja was organized by the students of Kaveri hostel in Ram Naomi. Its posters were put up on the campus three days ago. Since then Left student organizations and NSUI activists have been threatening not to perform the puja. The puja started at around 3.30 pm on Sunday. Left students started protesting due to which the puja went on till 5.30 pm.

During this Iftar was happening in the mess of Kaveri Hostel. Puja was also taking place a few steps away. Rohit questioned why the Left students wanted to stop the puja when the students of Kaveri Hostel were not in the mood. According to Rohit, there was no objection in eating non-veg.

However, AISA and JNUSU said in a statement that ABVP workers thrashed them when they tried to stop them from cooking non-vegetarian food. It is said that according to the mess menu of Kaveri Hostel, chicken is served non-vegetarian on Sundays and paneer is vegetarian. On Sunday evening, ABVP workers went out in protest against making chicken. AISA also accused ABVP workers of molesting the hostel warden. The controversy did not end here.

In the evening, activists of both the student organizations were protesting in the campus. When even water bottles were thrown at each other. Students from both sides were injured. Around 10 students were injured and were treated at AIIMS. Meanwhile, the JNU administration issued a statement saying that there is no restriction on eating in the campus. Students can celebrate each festival in their own way. There is no restriction on one’s dress, food or faith. The hostel committee decides the menu.