Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone on Tuesday joined students protest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the violence happened on Sunday. Deepika Padukone expressed solidarity towards the students of JNU as she was standing next to JNUSU students leader Aisha Ghosh who got seriously injured in the attack. She was spotted standing with the students at the Sabarmati T-point.
Reports said Deepika Padukone reached the JNU around 7.45 pm and was at campus for around 10 minutes. However, she did not addressed media and left without saying anything.
Before Deepika, many Bollywood celebrities including Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Anubhav Sinha, Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, among others extended their support to JNU students through social media sites Twitter and Facebook. The actor has been promoting her upcoming film Chhapaak, based on a story of acid attack victim, was donning a black colour dress as a symbol of solidarity with the students.
Slogans of Azadi were also chanted in presence of Deepika Padukone today evening.
Reports said some masked assailants armed with batons and sledgehammers, and iron rods entered the university on Sunday night and vanadalised the university property.
The masked goons also beaten students and faculty members including females brutally. The JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh was among students who received serious injuries. Several videos and pictures were also doing round the internet, in which, injured students can be seen bleeding. A professor Sucharita Sen’s bandaged head had horrified people on social media.
A similar protest was held at Mumbai’s Gateway of India to condemn the JNU attack.
Earlier today, the Hindu Raksha Dal claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s attack on the JNU students. The Hindu Raksha Dal leader Pinky Chaudhary told that they won’t tolerate anti-national elements. Before the Hindu Raksha Dam claimed responsibility, the JNU students had leveled allegations against BJP backed students front ABVP.