“ABVP Lied About No Non-Veg Food Decision”: JNU Hostel Officials

New Delhi: ABVP’s claims over Sunday clashes on campus were refuted by the mess secretary of the Kaveri hostel at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Mess secretary said, “The concern was not of right vs left. It has been politicised by the ABVP.”

Earlier in the day, ABVP JNU president Rohit Kumar stated that it was decided seven days prior that on Ram Navmi, non-vegeterian food won’t be cooked. Reacting on this, the Kaveri hostel mess committee secretary said that such decision was never taken.

“The ABVP’s claim that students didn’t want non-veg is false. The mess committee never made a decision,” the secretary said.

“The mess warden had sent a message on April 9, asking not to cook non-veg. When we asked for a written order, there was no such written communication from their side,” the official said.

The Kaveri hostel union president too agreed with the mess secretary. Union president too said that the ABVP lied about the no non-veg decision. “The student body had not taken any decision to cut out non-veg,” the union president said.

“An oral recommendation was given by the hostel warden on Saturday evening. No written order from warden or authorities was issued,” the hostel president said.

The hostel president said that they were not allowed to meet the warden and mess supervisor when there was no food on Sunday. President said, “ABVP goons prevented us from meeting the warden and mess supervisor on Sunday evening when there was no food for over 150 students.”

“Half the hostel was deprived of dinner because ABVP members threatened meat suppliers and sent back chicken supplies,” the hostel president said.

On Sunday, two groups of students had a clash in the campus of HNU over non-vegetarian food being served in mess on Ram Navmi.

At least six students were injured in the scuffle between left-leaning students and members of the RSS-affiliated ABVP, though both sides claim many more were wounded.

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