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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was among a host of political leaders and celebrities who took to Twitter to criticise the violence that erupted on the JNU campus Sunday night as masked assailants attacked students and teachers.

Kejriwal expressed “shock” and called for Delhi Police, overseen by the central government, to put an end to the violence. He also stated that he had spoken to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal about the situation.

Baijal himself condemned the violence in a tweet and said he had directed Delhi Police to take all steps necessary to restore law and order.

Amid allegations that the attack was the handiwork of the ABVP, the student wing of the RSS, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tore into the BJP-led central government, calling it “fascist”.

The ABVP, however, blamed the attack on “Left goons”. The BJP called the attack a “desperate attempt by forces of anarchy”.

In a series of tweets, Gandhi’s fellow Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said a delegation from the party had been sent to JNU to aid the students. He also accused the BJP government of reducing students to “thuggish enforcers of the government’s writ”.

Former finance minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, too, accused the government of enabling the violence.

A delegation from the Trinamool Congress was also on its way to help the students, West Bengal Chief Minister and party chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

Union minister S. Jaishankar, an alumnus of JNU, said he condemned the violence unequivocally”.

A similar message came from fellow JNU alumnus and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury adopted a similar strain, blaming the ABVP for the violence and alleging that the attacks were “planned” by those in power.

Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav, who tried to visit JNU in the wake of the violence, tweeted that all the roads to the campus were blocked.

JNU vice-chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar tweeted a statement from the university administration condemning the violence and said they feel “great pain and anguish for the students who have sustained injuries”.

Political commentator Sanjaya Baru tweeted that his wife, a professor at the university, had received calls from fearful students.

Actors Swara Bhaskar and Richa Chadha also tweeted in support of JNU students.


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This is an updated version of the report

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