Normalcy returns to JNU, but discontent simmering, JNSU demands VC’s resignation

Jan 6, 2020
New Delhi: Though normalcy has apparently returned to the JNU campus after yesterday’s mob attcak which left around 24 students and several teachers injured, but discontent is simmering among them.

The JNU Students Union, whose president Aishe Ghosh was seriously injured in the three hour violence unleased by masked goon yesterday, has demanded that Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar should resign immediately as he had failed to provide security to students and teachers.

The JNSU students rather accused the Vice Chancellor of allowing goons to vanadalise the university on Sunday.

They said they were fighting a tough battle to save education from privatisation and that’s why they were opposing fee hike, and for make education accesible to all, the JNU students were being demonised.

Student protests have broken out in several parts of the country against the assault on JNU campus.

IANS adds:Meanwhile, JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar said the origin of the present situation in the JNU lies in some agitating students turning violent and obstructing the academic activities of a large number of non-protesting students.

“The protesting students damaged the University communication servers to disrupt the winter semester registration. They prevented thousands of students from doing their winter registration.

“Their intent is clearly aimed at disrupting the functioning of the University. This is simply hooliganism and against the ethos of JNU. No such person will be spared and appropriate action will be taken,” he told IANS.

He appealed to the students to maintain peace.

“The University stands by all the students to facilitate their pursuit of academic activities. We will ensure that their winter semester registration will take place without any hindrance. They need not fear about the process. The top priority of the University is to protect the academic interests of our students,” Kumar said.

On Sunday, several masked individuals thrashed students and teachers inside the campus here with wooden and metal rods. A number of students were admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) with severe injuries.

The leaders from across the political spectrum have condemned the attack on the students.

The wardens of the Sabarmati Hostel have submitted their resignations to the Dean of the students for not being able to provide security to the students.

The Delhi Police on Monday registered an FIR in connection with the violence at the campus. The case of arson and assault has been filed against the unknown miscreants.

Also, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday directed Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to call the representatives from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and hold talks.

According to sources, Registrar and the Pro-VC of the university had met Baijal on Monday morning and apprised him of situation.