Mumbai: Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu, Shabana Azmi and film maker Aparna Sen have condemned the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy.
Swara Bhaskar, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub and Hansal Mehta from film industry have also condemned the Sunday incident in Delhi.
Taapsee said it was saddening to see an educational institution “getting scarred forever”.
“Such is the condition inside what we consider to be a place where our future is shaped. It’s getting scarred for ever. Irreversible damage. What kind of shaping up is happening here, it’s there for us to see…” Taapsee tweeted sharing a video of the violent incident in the JNU campus.
Aparna alleged that the JNU students were being beaten up by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) “goons”.
“How much longer are you going to look the other way? Or r u spineless? Yes I AM a liberal! Yes, I AM secular! And proud to be so if THIS is the alternative. Shame! Shame on ABVP & the police who are aiding & abetting them!” she tweeted.
“Urgent appeal!!!! To all Delhiites PLS gather in large numbers outside the Main Gate of JNU campus on Baba Gangnath Marg.. to pressure the govt. & #DelhiPolice to stop the rampage by alleged ABVP masked goons on JNU campus,” Swara has appealed in a video message circulated in social media.
Swara, whose mother Ira Bhaskar is a professor in JNU, said that she was concerned about her parents’ safety who live at the campus.
“Is this really happening ? Im not in India and it all seems like a nightmare. 20 Students Admitted To AIIMS As Violence Breaks Out In JNU. Students and Teachers beaten. Reprehensible, Appalling Condemnable. Immediate action must be taken against the perpetrators,” Shabana has has tweeted joining Swara in the social media..
Violence broke out at JNU on Sunday night after masked men armed with sticks attacked students and teachers and damaged property on the campus, prompting the administration to call in police.
The Left-controlled JNUSU and the RSS-affiliated ABVP blamed each other for the violence that continued for nearly two hours.
Director Anurag Kashyap, filmmaker-composer Vishal Bhardwaj, actor Richa Chadha, director Anurag Basu, and actor Renuka Shahane have also expressed their concerns over the incident.