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JNU missing student case: Police concludes campus search, to quiz Nejeeb’s roommate

New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday concluded its massive search in JNU campus without any success and will be conducting a lie-detector test on Najeeb Ahmed’s roommate Mohd Qasim on Wednesday as it stepped up efforts to get clues regarding the mysterious disappearance of the student since 15 October.

Police have so far served notices to six people, including family members of Najeeb as well as the students with whom he was allegedly involved in a brawl at his hostel a night before he vanished, said a senior police officer.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

The police, represented by senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra, had told Delhi High Court that four students, who are suspected of beating up Najeeb, would be put to lie-detector tests to get leads or clues about his disappearance and whereabouts.

“We have served notices to six people and after their consent, we will be carrying out the tests. Qasim gave his consent and he will be put to a lie-detector test tomorrow (Wednesday),” said the officer.

Many of the students have gone to their homes for vacations, which is hindering investigation, he said. Meanwhile, more than 600 Delhi Police personnel assisted by sniffer dogs concluded their search of the sprawling JNU campus but could not find any clues of the missing student.

Police team began its search around 9 AM today under the supervision of DCP (Crime Branch) G Ram Gopal Naik and finished by 3 PM. The search had begun yesterday and almost 60-70 percent of the campus was covered while the remaining campus was scanned on Tuesday.

All agencies of Delhi Police including Special Cell, Special Branch and the local police, pooling more than 600 personnel scanned the interiors and residential areas, the official said.

Najeeb has been missing since October 15 after an alleged scuffle at his hostel with ABVP students on the night of 14 October. A reward of Rs 10 lakh has been announced by Delhi Police on any information about Najeeb.

The massive search was mounted following a Delhi High Court order last week directing the police to scan the entire JNU campus including hostels, classrooms as well as rooftops of the buildings with help of sniffer dogs.

After scanning the campus, the police is likely to ask JNU administration to beef up its security.

“We have observed that the forest area is quite dense and students go there even late in the night. We will request JNU authorities to increase security inside the campus for the safety of students,” said an officer.

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 21:54 IST

JNU missing student: Sniffer dogs asked to enter campus by Delhi HC to find Najeeb

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over continued disappearance of a JNU student for nearly two months, Delhi High Court directed the police on Wednesday to “scan” the entire campus, including hostels, classrooms and rooftops, of the varsity by using sniffer dogs. A bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel also asked Delhi Police to take all necessary steps without further loss of time to trace out the student – Najeeb Ahmed, saying there has been delay in recording statements of some students suspected of thrashing him a day before his disappearance.Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and its student union, JNUSU, were asked by the bench to file affidavits in two days stating they have no objection to the “thorough search” and that all assistance would be provided to the police. The court also said the police was free to search Jamia Millia University also, if required. In case of any resistance or objection to it from the varsity or its students, the agency could approach the court for permission.The bench said it was not concerned about which students union did what and it was not on a fact-finding mission regarding what JNU did wrong or right. “We are only concerned with where he has vanished,” it said. The directions came on the habeus corpus plea by Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, who has moved court to trace out her son who has been missing since the intervening night of October 14-15. The matter was listed for further hearing on December 22.The lawyer for Najeeb’s mother contended that the police was “bypassing” the abduction angle and it appeared that the agency was moving on the theory that something was mentally wrong with the student as he just walked out of the campus.Delhi Police, represented by senior standing counsel for Delhi government Rahul Mehra, refuted the allegations and told the court that it was exploring all angles, including abduction, and was not hiding any details of the probe from the student’s mother.Mehra also said four students, who are suspected of beating up Najeeb, would be put to lie-detector tests to get leads or clues about his disappearance and whereabouts. The police expected to get results in the next 10 days, he said. The mother’s lawyer, during arguments, said the manner in which emphasis of police has shifted from Najeeb being beaten up to him slapping another student and then leaving the campus, indicates that “he may even be dead”.He said that even JNU’s stand appears to focus on Najeeb slapping a student rather than him being beaten up. While he was expelled from the hostel, the others were only transferred to another hostel as punishment, he said. The lawyer also questioned the police version that an auto driver had dropped off Najeeb at Jamia university, saying no record of autorickshaw registration numbers was maintained at the gates of JNU.This allegation was refuted by the police which said it had records of autorickshaw numbers of nearly a year and the petitioner could examine it. However, the court asked how such things could help find the missing student as the “bottom line” was to trace him. It was of the view that these accusations would only lead the court to deviate from the main issue of tracing Najeeb.The court was of the view that Najeeb, who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU, could not have just vanished and that he cannot have gone far. It was also of the opinion that the four students who were members of ABVP and accused of thrashing Najeeb, “may be aggressors”, but they might not be the abductors.It said these students, whose statements were recorded recently by Delhi Police, “do not appear to be experts” who can hide a person for nearly two months. Meanwhile, JNU told the court that a search operation of the campus was carried out by its security guards along with the police, but the cops said they only searched the open areas and were restricted from entering other parts of the varsity.On December 9, the court had slammed the police for remaining clueless about the whereabouts of Najeeb. On November 28, the High Court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

JNU missing student: ‘How can a man vanish suddenly,’ asks HC to Delhi cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court slammed the police on Friday for remaining clueless about missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 55 days, asking how can a man just “vanish suddenly”. Maintaining that it was concerned with the recovery of the boy whose mother has been running from pillar to post to be united with her son, the Court said a situation, in which a missing person has not been traced for over 50 days, would create a sense of insecurity among the people.”It is over 50 days. Still you (police) do not know about his whereabouts. How can somebody vanish suddenly and police has no clue about it? Even if we think of the worst, something has to be found out. We are pained that the missing person has not been traced till date,” a bench of Justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel said.Najeeb went missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 allegedly after an on-campus scuffle between him and some members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied involvement in his disappearance. The bench said, “We are not concerned with the scuffle.
ALSO READ JNU missing student: Students involved in scuffle with Najeeb identifiedWe only want that the boy is recovered and he returns to his house. We are concerned that the mother should get her child.” The court’s oral observation came after the police and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) informed it that Najeeb has remained untraceable till date and they were making all efforts to locate him.The varsity and the police were responding to the habeus corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s 45-year old mother Fatima Nafees who was also present in the court on Friday. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU. During the brief hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the police, told the bench that the Crime Branch was exploring all angles to trace Najeeb and even issued advertisements. “We are diligent, We will do whatever is to be done at our level,” Mehra said.
ALSO READ JNU missing student: Najeeb missing for over a month, police raises reward amountOn the other hand, JNU’s counsel Monika Arora submitted before that “since day one, the university is in regular contact with the Delhi police obtaining updates and providing relevant information to the police regarding the incident. “It is also stated that university has carried out its own search operation in the hostel and the campus of the JNU. Moreover, the security guards alongwith police teams have been coordinating in search of Najeeb in the adjoining and adjacent forest areas of the JNU campus,” Arora said, adding that “the university’s Vice Chancellor has written to the senior police officials and SHO concerned to expedite the search of missing student Najeeb”.To this, the bench said, “this is something very serious. If a person disappears and remains untraced, it would create a sense of insecurity in the public of the city.” The bench asked the police to “explore all angles” and listed the matter for further hearing on December 14. Arora, in a status report, said soon after the incident, the hostel warden had called a meeting including Najeeb and other persons involved in the altercation. “All persons involved in the altercation including Najeeb were called by the warden, some disciplinary measures were taken after Najeeb admitted his mistake for initiating the brawl/altercation with his fellow students. The said issue was resolved in presence of JNUSU President and other college staff and students,” JNU submitted.
ALSO READ JNU missing student case: Delhi HC directs police to file status report within three daysIt also told the bench that the students involved in the scuffle on the fateful night have been identified and their immediate transfer from the hostel was recommended. The counsel said the office of the Chief Proctor has acknowledged that there was a scuffle and submitted the Proctorial Board report on the incident at the hostel. “After Najeeb is found, the disciplinary action awarded to these persons will be again looked into,” the court was told. On November 28, the High Court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

JNU’s missing student: How can a man suddenly vanish, asks Delhi HC, slams cops for remaining clueless

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday slammed the police for remaining clueless about missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, who has remained untraced for 55 days, asking how can a man just “vanish suddenly”.

Maintaining that it was concerned with the recovery of the boy whose mother has been running from pillar to post to be united with her son, the Court said a situation, in which a missing person has not been traced for over 50 days, would create a sense of insecurity among the people.

“It is over 50 days. Still you (police) do not know about his whereabouts. How can somebody vanish suddenly and police has no clue about it? Even if we think of the worst, something has to be found out. We are pained that the missing person has not been traced till date,” a bench of Justice G S Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel said.

Najeeb went missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on 15 October allegedly after an on-campus scuffle between him and some members of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The ABVP has denied involvement in his disappearance.

The bench said, “We are not concerned with the scuffle. We only want that the boy is recovered and he returns to his house. We are concerned that the mother should get her child.”

The court’s oral observation came after the police and the JNU informed it that Najeeb has remained untraceable till date and they were making all efforts to locate him.

The varsity and the police were responding to the habeus corpus plea filed by Najeeb’s 45-year old mother Fatima Nafees who was also present in the court today. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU.

Delhi High Court. AFP

Delhi High Court. AFP

During the brief hearing, senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra, appearing for the police, told the bench that the Crime Branch was exploring all angles to trace Najeeb and even issued advertisements. “We are diligent, We will do whatever is to be done at our level,” Mehra said.

On the other hand, JNU’s counsel Monika Arora submitted before that “since day one, the university is in regular contact with the Delhi police obtaining updates and providing relevant information to the police regarding the incident.

“It is also stated that university has carried out its own search operation in the hostel and the campus of the JNU. Moreover, the security guards alongwith police teams have been coordinating in search of Najeeb in the adjoining and adjacent forest areas of the JNU campus,” Arora said, adding that “the university’s Vice Chancellor has written to the senior police officials and SHO concerned to expedite the search of missing student Najeeb”.

To this, the bench said, “this is something very serious. If a person disappears and remains untraced, it would create a sense of insecurity in the public of the city.”

The bench asked the police to “explore all angles” and listed the matter for further hearing on 14 December .

Arora, in a status report, said soon after the incident, the hostel warden had called a meeting including Najeeb and other persons involved in the altercation.

“All persons involved in the altercation including Najeeb were called by the warden, some disciplinary measures were taken after Najeeb admitted his mistake for initiating the brawl/altercation with his fellow students. The said issue was resolved in presence of JNUSU President and other college staff and students,” JNU submitted.

It also told the bench that the students involved in the scuffle on the fateful night have been identified and their immediate transfer from the hostel was recommended.

The counsel said the office of the Chief Proctor has acknowledged that there was a scuffle and submitted the Proctorial Board report on the incident at the hostel.

“After Najeeb is found, the disciplinary action awarded to these persons will be again looked into,” the court was told.

On 28 November , the High Court had sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find Najeeb.

First Published On : Dec 9, 2016 18:56 IST

JNU missing student case: Something more to Najeeb’s disappearance, HC tells Delhi police

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday sternly asked the city police to “cut across all political barriers” and find missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed, saying there could be “something more” to his disappearance as no one can just vanish from the heart of the national capital.

Expressing concern over the whereabouts of the student who has remained untraceable for 45 days now, the court also raised several questions, including why the alleged on-campus scuffle between Najeeb and some members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the injuries sustained by Najeeb was not mentioned in the Delhi police’s status report.

A bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel said if a person disappears from the national capital and remains untraceable, then it would create a “sense of insecurity” in the people here and asked the police to explore all angles.

“This is the heart of India, the national capital. No one can just disappear from here. It creates a sense of insecurity in people. If he disappeared, then there is something more to that. All angles have to be explored. Forty five days is a long period for someone to be underground,” it said to the police which is of the view that Najeeb was “not forcefully abducted”.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

After perusing the status report of Delhi police, the court asked why was Najeeb taken to the Safdarjung hospital in an ambulance if he had no apparent or visible injuries, as this detail was missing from the police report.

It also asked why the report does not say anything about the alleged on-campus scuffle between Najeeb and some members allegedly of ABVP who are alleged to have brutally beaten him up and only mentions that the missing student had slapped one of them.

The judge questioned why the police waited till 11 November to interrogate those persons with whom Najeeb allegedly had an altercation on the night of 14-15 October, prior to his disappearance on 15 October and against whom a criminal complaint was lodged on 17 October .

“Cut across all political barriers. Get him back. You will get your answers at either of the two places, Jamia or JNU. No need to go to Aligarh or any other place so far,” the bench told the police, which said that an auto driver has claimed to have dropped off Najeeb at the Jamia Milia Islamia University.

The court was hearing a habeus corpus plea filed by the student’s mother 45-year old Fatima Nafees, who was in court on Monday and was in tears during the hearing. She has sought directions to the authorities to trace her 27-year-old son who was pursuing MSc in Biotechnology from JNU.

During the hearing, the bench said it did not want to tell the police what to do but it can easily “shadow” some of the persons involved in the matter to know what was going on and to “fearlessly” tell the court what it has found out.

The court was also not pleased with the “attitude” of the JNU Vice Chancellor for not assigning anyone in the matter despite being served a copy of the petition. “He does not think it is an important matter? This is not a good attitude,” it said and directed JNU to file a response to the woman’s plea by the next date of hearing.

The court also asked the varsity to reconsider Najeeb’s expulsion from the hostel, if not already done so, and to advertise in newspapers that they will reconsider his punishment once he returns. It asked Najeeb’s mother to issue a statement asking him to return and directed the management and students of JNU to assist and cooperate with the police to trace him.

During arguments, the police said its crime branch was exploring all angles, including that Najeeb’s disappearance had something to do with his “illness of mental depression” for which he was under medication since 2012. It was also of the view that he was hiding as he was probably ashamed of being expelled from the hostel.

Senior advocate Colin Gonzalves, appearing for Fatima, argued that he was “disappointed” by the manner of probe as the agency was not exploring the possibility of Najeeb being abducted as he was allegedly threatened by the ABVP members.

The court said someone getting beaten up in a college hostel was “not unusual”, but no one disappears over it. It also took note of the steps taken by the police, like uploading his details to the Zonal Integrated Police network, putting up notices across the city and issuing advertisements in newspapers, apart from enhancing the reward from Rs 50,000 to Rs five lakh for information leading to his recovery.

Najeeb’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed Special Investigation Team of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from crime branch of Delhi police.

She has also alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi police comes under the control of the central government, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 19:39 IST

JNU missing student case: Delhi HC directs police to file status report within three days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, whose whereabouts are not known since October 15, reached the Delhi High Court on Friday where his mother sought directions to the police and the government to produce him before the court.27-year-old Ahmed, a student of School of Biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) the night before.The petition came up before a bench of justices GS Sistani and Vinod Goel which issued notice to the Delhi government and the police asking them to explain their stand on the plea by the student’s mother, Fatima Nafees. The bench also directed Delhi Police to file a status report within three days.
ALSO READ Find Najeeb in a day or I’m going to UP cops: Mother to Delhi PoliceNajeeb’s mother, in her petition filed through advocate Ali Qambar Zaidi, sought the setting up of a “court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) of impartial officers of proven integrity from outside the state of Delhi” to take over the entire investigation from Crime Branch of Delhi Police.Earlier, an SIT of Delhi Police was set up to trace the missing student on instructions of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. While the case was being investigated by the SIT, teams were sent to Darbhanga in Bihar and Nepal after they got leads hinting that Najeeb might be there, but they failed to find him. Thereafter, the case was transferred to the police’s Crime Branch for a “fresh look” into it.The police has increased the reward for information about the student from the initial amount of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh, but no productive leads have yet been found. In her plea, 45-year-old Fatima has alleged that her son was beaten up by members of ABVP “which is affiliated to the RSS and therefore, closely connected with the BJP which is the party in power at the Centre and since the Delhi Police comes under the control of the Central Government, it is not likely that any progress will be made in the investigation”.She has sought criminal prosecution against those persons who were involved in the alleged assault of her son on the basis of the records of the investigation carried out so far.

JNU missing student case: Police stop protest march by kin and students to Parliament

New Delhi: JNU students and family members of missing student Najeeb Ahmed on Wednesday tried to march to Parliament from Mandi House demanding justice but were stopped mid-way by the police.

Representational image. News18

Representational image. News18

Najeeb, 27, a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP, the night before.

Alleging that her son has been held captive, Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees said she has been “assured” of support by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in finding her son.

“Akhilesh ji has assured me of all help. He said the force (UP Police) would be sent to look for my son. He said Najeeb is child of his state. Shame on Delhi Police that police from UP is coming to find my son,” she said at the protest march.

JNU students union president Mohit Pandey said, “you (police) have seen him in Aligarh and Dharbhanga but you are still unable to find him. It has been thirty-eight days since he is missing and yet he is untraceable”.

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar also joined students in the protest rally.

Kumar raised slogans demanding justice for Ahmad, however, he did not address students.

Umar Khalid, who was charged with sedition along with Kanhaiya earlier this year, questioned claims by police of Ahmad being spotted in some cities.

He alleged police was trying to build a narrative around Ahmad.

“For last 10-15 days police is giving statements in media. Police never makes anything public till investigation is final because that may hamper investigation.

“Why Darbhaga and why AMU? It is a pattern which they are following. Because it fits the narrative. If you look at trolls they keep saying Najeeb has joined terrorists,” he said.

JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student.

The protesting students had even confined the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours.

Last month, an SIT was formed to trace the missing student on the directive of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma.

The SIT failed to get any actionable clues in the matter. The case was later transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch.

First Published On : Nov 24, 2016 10:38 IST

JNU missing student case to be discussed in winter session of Parliament

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed is likely to be raised in Parliament by the Opposition, with senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad saying that the matter was not just about a student, or a minority person, but about very humanity. The Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha said the issue was raised during one of the meetings held on Tuesday ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament starting on Wednesday.”Three important meetings were held today, one was about our own party with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha leaders present, the other was of Congress and other like-minded parties and the third was the all-party meeting with government and the opposition. During the meeting, various issues were raised, from demonetization to SIMI (activists encounter) case, OROP. And, the case of Najeeb also came up. The leaders want that Najeeb’s case be discussed in Parliament,” Azad said.He was a addressing a gathering here at a seminar organised here by National Tricolour Association of India, a non-profit organisation. Azad, however, did not specify, the issue of the missing JNU student was raised in which of the three meetings. Najeeb went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.The senior Congress leader also met Najeeb’s sister Sadaf and JNU student leader Shehla Rashid at the event. “I must tell that this is not just about Najeeb or a Muslim person, but about very humanity. A university student disappears, and there is no action, then it is matter of concern. And, even if it was Hindu boy, we would have been equally concerned, and fought it with the same zeal,” Azad said.Earlier during the programme, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, face of the party in Uttar Pradesh polls, sought to reach out to the Muslim community and said her party will always stand behind them. “Our Muslim brothers should not fear anything and live in this country like any other member of any other community,” she said.Dikshit, before leaving met Sadaf and Shehla on the stage. Shehla, who also addressed the gathering, took the occasion to hit out at the right-wing student outfit in the campus. “He went missing on October 15, but why no sniffer dogs were used later, or CCTV cameras footage checked. Some even said, he had joined ISIS and was mentally unsound. These are all nonsense theories being rounded up,” she claimed. “This fight anyway is not just about Najeeb, but a fight to preserve the fabric of India. It is fight about what we we forget and what we will remember. But, we will fight for justice for Najeeb,” she said.

Missing JNU student: Students blame Delhi Police for delay in efforts to find Najeeb Ahmed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus criticized the Delhi Police on Saturday for delayed efforts to in find Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing from last 28 days after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising mostly of ABVP members. JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said, “Police has not taken any action for finding Najeeb. They have not followed the procedures and responsibilities. Those who had beaten him were not interrogated. Constantly the members of ABVP are saved. We will go to police time and again. We will not let Najeeb forget our responsibility. Police is delaying the investigation. Why is the basic investigation not happening? We want only Najeeb to be searched. We doubt that whether the Delhi police is really doing the investigation or not?” Former President Akbar said. “The police have delayed the investigation in the beginning and are creating rumors. It is complete failure of the police and the state. They are not investigating footage of metros and Bus stoppages,” Another student Shashi told ANI.According to reports, police sources said that Missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed was on anti-depressants and taking medicines for insomnia and obsessive compulsive disorder. Ahmed, a 27-year-old first-year MSc student, went missing from campus on October 15 after getting into an altercation with members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. There has been no information about Ahmed’s whereabouts so far.

JNU missing student: Students’ organisation to hold country-wide protests from Saturday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNUSU and several students’ organisations will hold country-wide protests on Saturday over alleged inaction against those who assaulted Najeeb Ahmad and police’s failure to trace him. The students’ groups will stage protests and burn effigies of the vice chancellor of JNU and the Home Minister on Saturday across campuses in the country. It will to be followed by campaign “Chalo JNU” on Sunday and Monday and a protest meeting on November 15.Najeeb has been missing for 26 days.JNUSU President Mohit Kumar Pandey said, “The disappearance of a student from a central university in the national capital after he was assaulted and intimidated by right-wing lumpens is no doubt an ominous reflection of the dark times we are living in.””For the past four weeks, students, teachers, staff members of JNU, and citizens of Delhi have been taking to the streets demanding institutional accountability to bring back Najeeb. What is shocking and shameful is the partisan role of the university administration in the whole affair.”On the other hand, Delhi Police did not allow Najeeb’s mother to mention the incident of assault on Najeeb in her FIR, which now stands as a simple FIR of kidnapping against unknown persons,” he added.Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before. JNU students and teachers have been leading a movement alleging inaction on administration and Delhi Police’s part in tracing the missing student.

Missing JNU student: Delhi police team reaches Darbhanga

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi police team is in Darbhanga in Bihar in search of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who has been missing since October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with some members of ABVP the night before, police said on Tuesday.”Whenever and from wherever any information is coming about Najeeb, teams are being sent there. A team has also been sent to Darbhanga,” a senior police officer said.Meanwhile, a Delhi Police team will also be going to Badaun to speak to a doctor, who was treating Najeeb for depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), even as his family members claimed that he was suffering from insomnia only and no other mental disorder.”Najeeb was undergoing treatment for depression since 2012 in his hometown Badaun. A team will be visiting Badaun to question the doctor to know about Najeeb’s personality, his behaviour and his thought process,” said a senior police officer.Sources said Najeeb’s family has not shared details that the JNU student was undergoing in Badaun. However, on the basis the prescriptions found in Najeeb’s hostel room, police questioned the doctor whom he had consulted in Delhi.”According to prescriptions, Najeeb had been prescribed an anti-depressant and sleep inducer medicines in August by a doctor at VIMHANS,” he said.On September 9, Najeeb had visited the hospital again with his mother and he was prescribed the anti-depressant drug and another drug to treat fits, police said, adding that he didn’t visit the hospital after that day. A psychiatrist from VIMHANS, who had been consulted by Najeeb and his mother twice in August and September was questioned by the SIT on October 23 to know about Najeeb’s mental condition.”In her statement, she said that she was told by Najeeb’s family that he was undergoing treatment for depression in Badaun since 2012. She concluded in her diagnosis after speaking to Najeeb that he is suffering from OCD and depression,” said a senior police officer. She stated that people who are suffering from OCD tend to have negative thoughts in their mind, get upset with small things, answer only in ‘yes’ or ‘no’.The doctor also told police that people suffering from OCD are not sure about themselves, tend to forget things and the medication prescribed to them has to be taken daily. If patients don’t take medicines regularly, their condition might worsen and may develop suicidal tendencies, she wrote in her statement given to the police.Police is also mulling over the possibility of seeking the opinion of a mental health expert to decode Najeeb’s personality.”We are thinking about making the investigating officer, Najeeb’s mother and a psychiatrist sit together and do a construction of Najeeb’s personality. It is possible we might seek the assistance of the VIMHANS doctor since she has met him or we might consult some other expert,” said the officer. The police is also considering issuing an appeal from Najeeb’s mother to urge him to come back.”It is being considered to ask Najeeb’s mother to issue a message to her son asking him to come back. The video message will be aired across news channels. But it is still a suggestion and no final call has been taken,” added the officer.More than 25 people have been questioned in the case, including the doctor who was treating Najeeb, his roommate Qasim, ABVP members, JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and former members of students union, but police hasn’t got any actionable clues that could lead them to Najeeb, who has been missing for over three weeks now.A team is also working to gain clues to Najeeb’s personality through his social media profiles. He was active on social media and he had two Facebook profiles and his posts and messages are being analysed, said the officer.Meanwhile, Najeeb’s family denied that he was suffering from OCD and claimed that he was only suffering from insomnia.”All these claims about him being mentally unstable are false. We have told police right from the start that Najeeb was suffering from insomnia. He was a studious person and many persons who study for long hours suffer from insomnia. He was only taking medicines for that,” Najeeb’s brother Mujeeb said.Police is making these claims just to hide their inefficiency in tracing my brother, he said, adding he was not mentally unstable.Earlier, Najeeb’s family met Delhi police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and today they had a meeting with home minister Rajnath Singh.”It’s been 25 days since our brother went missing. Whether the police is conducting investigation promptly or slowly, the result has been zero,” Mujeeb said.Najeeb’s brother also said that they also urged the Home Minister to initiate a CBI inquiry in the matter.”He patiently heard us. We also discussed with him possibility of initiating a CBI inquiry. The SIT hasn’t been able to find Najeeb for the last so many days. It’s high time now that a CBI inquiry should be ordered,” Mujeeb said.Najeeb (27) went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with some members of ABVP the night before.

Najeeb Ahmed row: Police says JNU student may have been emotionally disturbed, family claims he was fit

Family of the missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, met the Union Home Minister  Rajnath Singh on Tuesday who assured Najeeb’s mother of proper and timely action in the case. Najeeb’s family is also se to meet the Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb jung later in the day.

The Delhi Police is in the process of reconstructing the psychological profile of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, who went missing from the campus over three weeks ago, as reports surfaced that the student may have been suffering from depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

According to a report in India Today, the police believes that Najeeb was on anti-depressants some other drugs used to treat OCD as they recovered a prescription from his hostel room. According to the report, Najeeb was prescribed with Flunil 20mg (used to treat OCD) and Zolfresh 5mg (sleep inducers) on 27 August this year. Later in September, he was also prescribed the drug Lonazep which is used to treat fits, panic attacks and agoraphobia (fear of public places). The police also found some anti-depressants in his room, which led them to shift gear from their traditional methods of tracing him and considered to do his psychological profiling to crack the case.

“We are doing a meticulous reconstruction of Najeeb’s personality and the incident. Our team is analysing his WhatsApp messages, SMSes, his call records and the people he used to interact with to gain an insight on whether he was an introvert or extrovert,” said a senior police officer.

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

File image of the JNU campus. JNU website

Eight special teams have been fanned out to various places where he has stayed and studied before JNU in order to talk to his teachers and friends to know whether he has been in touch with any of them or contacted them, he said. The cops also sought information from the doctor he was in consultation with, along with questioning other JNU students who knew Najeeb personally. The police is also in touch with the local chemists, who have been asked to report to the police should a young person matching Najeeb’s description approaches them for medicines, according to Times Now. 

A special team is also doing technical surveillance of Najeeb’s mobile phone and laptop to know about his interests and what he used to read on the internet, police said. We are also appealing to JNU students to assist us in our efforts in tracing Najeeb and sharing information about him, said Dependra Pathak, Delhi Police spokesperson and Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest).

Police will also be questioning members of JNUSU including its President Mohit Pandey in connection with this case.

After the psychiatrist’s prescription were recovered, police is also mulling the possibility that Najeeb could have left the hostel premises voluntarily. According to Hindustan Timesthe police said that Najeeb was visiting a doctor thrice in two weeks and could have been emotionally disturbed.

Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung also told Times Now that the missing student was reportedly “emotionally upset” and was on medication. He also defended the action of Delhi Police in the case while maintaining that the Sunday’s scuffle between protesting JNU students and Najeeb’s family was “most unfortunate.”

Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, however said that Najeeb was fit and alleged that the police was “making this up because they were unable to find Najeeb,” states the Hindusta Times report. Najeeb’s sister also refuted the Delhi Police’s claims and said that they would appreciate if the Police will take the right track to look for him rather than maligning his image. She also said that Najeeb was a model student

Najeeb, a 27-year-old student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on 15 October following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before.

Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees and his family members also met Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma and other senior officers, including special commissioners of police (Law & Order) North and South, joint commissioner of police (Southeast), on Monday, who assured her of all the action in the matter.

After coming out of the meeting, Fatima said, “I have been told that all possible steps are being taken to trace Najeeb. I just want him back.” The police also asked the family members to share with them minutest of details about Najeeb’s personality so that he can be traced.

She refused to comment on reports that she was allegedly dragged by Delhi Police officers on Sunday and detained. “I am ready to tolerate more pain than what I went through yesterday just to get my son back,” she said.

Najeeb’s family members also alleged that the officers didn’t talk about Sunday’s incident where they were detained en route to India Gate and taken to different police stations.

With inputs from PTI

JNU missing student: As police, protesters fail to locate Najeeb, Markanday Katju points to legal recourse

Former Supreme Court (SC) judge Markanday Katju, in a Facebook post on Monday, urged the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protesting the inaction following the disappearance of fellow student Najeeb Ahmed, to file a petition before the SC to further the investigation.

Katju asked the students to file a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, thereby forcing the Delhi Police, that falls under the jurisdiction of the Central government, into action. Najeeb has been missing for the past 24 days, following an alleged quarrel between two student groups in the university.

One of the writ petitions available to citizens under Article 32, for enforcement of their fundamental rights, is Habeas Corpus. Under this right, the court can issue appropriate directives to the police authorities to make serious efforts in finding the missing student.

The protest, led by the JNU Student Union (JNUSU), has been not been effective enough, owing to the insensitive approach employed by the Delhi police. On Monday morning, pictures of the police dragging Fatima Nafees, Najeeb’s mother, into a bus along with other protesting students were splashed on the front page of many national dailies.

The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18

The police and the protesters have failed to locate Najeeb Ahmed till date. CNN News 18

It is truly perplexing how the Delhi Police, which was so efficient in curbing these protests, has failed to find the missing student till now.

In an interview with Firstpost, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, while responding to a question on why this issue had not received the same support from the student community as his arrest had.

“This time around, there are many versions of the issue. My arrest was seen as a crackdown and an attack on the university, and that united the students. On this particular issue, the current student union has not been able to forge a unity,” Kanhaiya said.

Responding to the protestors’ allegations that Najeeb had been abducted and ‘harmed’ by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members, Kumar said, “I don’t think so. This is not the culture of JNU. There is a difference between ABVP of JNU and ABVP of other campuses.”

He added, “The fact that some outsiders were also involved in the alleged scuffle is an important aspect and if some untoward incident took place because of their involvement, I cannot say.”

Saurabh Sharma, former member of JNUSU, said, “We too are concerned about Najeeb’s safety but what is happening here is politics. I am not condoning the police action against Najeeb’s mother but the police has to maintain the law and order. She is being misled by the Left parties. What is the need to drag her in these protests? She should rather meet the Delhi Police Commissioner and people like Katju, who are trying to help her.”

The JNU administration has been persistently making appeals to the protesting students to maintain peace but 24 days is too long a period for just appeals to work. This has led to a growing discontent that can easily be felt in the campus.

Since Najeeb’s disappearance, all stakeholders have acted irresponsibly, overlooking options that would have actually borne results. On 19 October, JNU vice-chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar and other top university officials were confined in their office for an entire day by the protesting students. Following that, the Delhi Police has stopped every protest by the students, creating even more discontent.

Adding to this, the JNU administration, on 26 October 26, issued a 25-point bulletin detailing the timeline of the case and the actions taken – which was quickly marked as ‘biased’ by the students and teachers alike.

According to an Indian Express report, the varsity’s teachers association criticised the administration for “selectively omitting” the fact that he was attacked during a brawl, the night before he went missing.

Ayesha Kidwai, a professor at JNU, wrote in a Facebook post, “At the heart of the matter is who committed the violence on 14 October. By the warden’s report on 15 October, it was only Najeeb, who is said to have admitted his mistake of striking a fellow student without any provocation,”

“Just yesterday, 83 teachers of JNU had pointed that out in a context that Najeeb had been allegedly beaten (as per several eyewitnesses who have also lodged a complaint)…such an admission of culpability cannot be said to have been made in free and fair conditions,” Kidwai said in her post.

She added, “This bulletin clearly indicates that the JNU administration is still proceeding with the ‘Najeeb-as-accused’ narrative. It has completely suppressed all reference to the contents of the wardens’ letter of 16 October and takes no cognisance of the fact that eyewitnesses have clearly named the alleged perpetrators of violence and abuse against Najeeb. However, there is no mention at all of the counter allegations throughout the report; indeed if anything, the aim of the whole exercise seems to be to avoid naming them. Indeed, even the terms of reference of its own proctorial enquiry have been vaguely worded.”

While the ABVP is being accused of ‘hurting’ Najeeb, its supporters are stressing that he has been hidden by some professors and students, who want to take political advantage of this incident.

While such claims cannot be verified, it just hints at the intense polarisation of the discourse in the campus, where the question that who did it to Najeeb has become more important than what actually happened to him.

I don’t want to join politics now, want to teach instead: Kanhaiya Kumar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when JNU is nearing the tipping point over the disappearance of student Najeeb Ahmed, former student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar is out with a book about his eventful journey from his hometown of Bihat in Bihar, to Tihar jail. Titled From Bihar to Tihar, the book, published by Juggernaut has hit the stands. In a free-wheeling chat, Kanhaiya tells Amrita Madhukalya about the inclusiveness of JNU, about his dreams of being a teacher, and why student movements have always been pivotal to social revolutions. Edited excerpts.How did the book come about?There was no intention to write a book. When I entered Tihar, I asked for papers and a pen so that I can write something to bide my time. When I came out of the jail, journalists asked me if I had a jail diary. I said yes, and they asked me if I intended to bring it among people. I said if the opportunity arises, I will do that. I had no intention to come out with a book.Soon enough, various publishing houses made me offers. A friend advised me that there was a possibility of a narrative in society.I have a habit of looking at things through the prism of historical materialism — how do we arrive at things. I was not sent to jail over the events of a day. There were political reasons behind it. Without weaving that, the reason why I ended up in jail would have been incomplete.That’s when I arrived at a memoir. I did not think that a biography is justified. Also, I do not want to hide that I haven’t been receiving my fellowship for over a year. And, the fellowship wasn’t enough for me to help my family.You are quite aware of the political climate of the country. And if one reads the book, this awareness finds its root in your hometown of Bihat. Your father’s ideology is tangential to yours.I was always against my father’s extreme left ideology. In JNU, I defeated my father’s organisation. In Bihar, people are politically conscious, they understand and participate. You will be surprised to see in Bihar that a man who runs a paan shop will rattle off who did Indira Gandhi lose out to in a particular year, and by how many votes!The political climate inside JNU has always been throbbing, with students picking up the cudgels for various issues over the years. Yet, during the time when you went to jail, the spotlight was suspiciously bright, don’t you think.It is not because of the increase in ABVP’s presence as people think; ABVP has won JNU elections several times. I see two reasons behind this. One, this is the age of the information revolution; everyone has a mobile. Media today is a strong pole in democracy; it can sway emotions and manipulate viewers.Secondly, this government’s ideology is that if it repeat something a hundred times, it become a truth. Their mandate is to control news channels and newspapers.JNU is a symbol of resistance; during Indira Gandhi’s time JNU created a lot of trouble. And later, during Manmohan Singh’s time. During every successive government, JNU has stood up with an alternative discourse. The December 16 movement started at JNU; Occupy UGC was centred here, and even the Rohith Vemula movement found a national audience here.The government’s mandate is to stop these discussions. JNU is not the left ideology; it is the dominance of the liberal authority. This is the evolution of the united front.What does JNU mean to you?”JNU is not a island,” is a line one often hears in the university. I agree. I think JNU is a sea, in which several islands exist. There is no denial in JNU. Whether you read the namaaz five times a day, or you wear a tika on your forehead, or you shrug off all religions — inside JNU you are the same.JNU never scared or ridiculed me. I was never scared outside the towering gates of JNU I was safe there. I will always fight for JNU. Where else will you see that an anganwadi worker’s son will become the student’s union president. Our general secretary’s father sold bangles on the streets. He was from Odisha and did not even know Hindi well.A lot of critical run-ins with the current government has played out in universities — Hyderabad and JNU being two examples. Do you think the government is scared of students.If we look back, we will find that the first person to speak against sati was a student, who said that his sister will not sit on her husband’s pyre. When widow remarriage was being talked about, it was a student who first came forward to marry a widow.I will quote Swami Vivekananda here. He said: “A youth is one who moves against the tide.”What are your plans for the future? Tell us about your PhD.This is my last year in JNU, and my PhD is on social transformation in South Africa. I did my masters in sociology, and worked on Francophone in Senegal during my MPhil, and now I’m working on Anglophone, with a focus on Mandela’s political revolution. There are a lot of similarities between India and South Africa.Being a student, I want to submit my PhD because I will be the first one in my family to do so. It is now the biggest movement guiding my life. I want to be a teacher — I love interacting with children.Many parties have been keen on you joining them; you even campaigned for Nitish.A friend from JNU was fighting elections from Kerala, and I went there because of him. I never campaigned for any party.I have had several offers from parties. Even now, some of the most popular and established voices within the BJP have shown keen interest in meeting me. But, I think this is not the right time. This is the time for a revolution, and if I reduce myself for electoral gains, it will be not right. I have to work for the betterment of education, against the privatisation of education. I am not against private universities, but don’t hand over institutions like JNU and the IITs to private players.Young people with degrees who cannot live a full life think that ending their lives is the answer. That’s how someone becomes a Kasab.What are your thoughts in the Najeeb Ahmed case?A lot of untoward incidents have taken place in JNU earlier, too. But, these days, any sort of misshapen manipulated to mislead people. In Najeeb’s case, the state has a role, and so does the media. The manipulation is creating a trust deficit. Students fight within the university, and it has never happened that any student has disappeared.If the police could find buffaloes, dogs and in one case, a minister’s jackfruit, there’s no reason why it cannot find a student. This creates a frustration among the minorities. There was such dirty politics over Akhlaq’s death; there has not been justice till now.I am scared in Najeeb’s case. If the worst happens, JNU will explode.

JNU missing student protest: Delhi police detain Najeeb Ahmed’s mother and others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, many JNU students protested the government over missing student Najeeb Ahmed near India Gate in New Delhi. Najeeb Ahmed, a first-year MSc student at the School of Biotechnology in JNU reportedly went missing on October 15 after allegedly being beaten up by a mob of 20 students comprising ABVP members, who had gone campaigning to his room for hostel elections. The Delhi police reportedly detained JNU students who were protesting the lack of action taken by the authorities. Najeev’s mother Fatima Nafees was also detained. The JNUSU had been protesting for the last 20 days. Student leaders have also accused the ABVP of being involved in the incident. The Delhi police have refuted such accusations and claimed they are trying to trace Najeeb. The police have also announced a Rs 2 lakh award for anyone with credible.THe police have reportedly imposed Section 144 at India Gate, which prohibits unlawful assembly. Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek his intervention in the matter of the missing student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and was assured of all help possible. Speaking to the media here after meeting with the President, Kejriwal pinned the blame on Delhi Police, accusing them of refusing to take action after coming under political pressure. ‘Najeeb has been missing for the past 23 days, ever since he got into a scuffle with some ABVP students and was even beaten up in the presence of wardens. It is clear as day that the Delhi Police is not taking any action in the matter due to political pressure.Those who were involved in the brawl were questioned for the first time in 23 days yesterday and that too as a formality,’ Kejriwal said. The Chief Minister further said that President Mukherjee had assured him of seeking a report from the JNU administration and the Delhi Police as well.Last week, Kejriwal had made a beeline to the JNU campus along with other party leaders to take on the Centre over the missing student. “The way the country has progressed in the last two years is of grave concern. Today Najeeb is missing. Tomorrow my son can go missing,” Kejriwal said. Hitting out at ABVP, he added, ‘The message is clear. Whoever opposes ABVP, BJP and RSS will be considered as anti-national. The party is not of Hindus, not Muslims, neither of their fathers. I went to Gujarat. They have killed Patidars, they have killed dalits. Instead of consoling the family of former armymen, police beat up the family members.”With agency inputs

JNU student Najeeb will come back only when PM Modi realises he is losing popularity: Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The JNU vice chancellor is not acting to trace university student Najeeb Ahmed as he is “scared” of going “missing” himself if he did so, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said.Kejriwal made the comments at a solidarity meeting on the JNU campus. The Chief Minister said Najeeb, who has been missing for over two weeks now, will come back only when Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be made to realise that he is losing votes over the issue. “Najeeb will come back only when Modiji will realise that he is losing out on votes of youth. The movement for demanding justice for Najeeb needs to come to mainstream. The vice chancellor is also scared that if he will take any action he will also go missing,” Kejriwal said.Kejriwal, who has had frequent run-ins with the Delhi Police, said it will not dare to pursue any investigation in this regard as RSS’ students’ wing ABVP was involved in the brawl following which Najeeb went missing. “Whoever will raise any voice against RSS, ABVP or BJP will be called anti-national, will go missing. If Najeeb was Ambani’s son Modi ji would have taken a flight to visit him but this will not attract his attention,” the AAP chief said.He also wondered why no one from the ABVP who was part of the campus brawl been questioned by the Police. Kejriwal said he has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and will take a delegation to President Pranab Mukherjee when he returns from his Nepal visit. Earlier, the JNU administration appealed to students and teachers to “discourage obstructive politics and protests” on the campus as it was hampering the smooth functioning of the university and “unreasonable” demands are being raised through demonstrations.The appeal by the authorities came in the wake of protests by various student groups and teachers for the last two weeks over Najeeb’s case. Najeeb (27), a student of School of Biotechnology and a native of Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP the night before. “A large number of faculty, students, officers and staff have repeatedly approached the JNU administration expressing their discomfort and disagreement with the frequent politicisation and holding of dharnas and public meetings near the administration building and the academic areas,” the appeal issued by Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar said.”Despite all efforts, pamphlets, posters, demonstrations, dharnas, unlawful confinement and offensive sloganeering have been going on to spread lies and to blame the administration and make unreasonable demands. Attempts are being made to disturb the normal functioning and conduct of academic activities including examinations,” it said.Alleging inaction on the part of the administration, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) has been agitating over Najeeb’s disappearance from the campus. The protesting students had even confined the Vice Chancellor (VC) and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours.Following a directive from the Union Home Ministry, Delhi Police has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to trace the missing student. “Sit-ins, public functions, dharnas, putting tents, shouting slogan with loud beating of musical instruments have made it difficult for staff and officers working in the administration building to carry on with their official duties. “These activities are a violation of university rules and even rulings by the highest judicial body of the country. This uncooperative attitude has been obstructing the normal functioning of the university,” it said. “The Administration appeals to the entire JNU community to unite to trace Najeeb and keep away from unnecessary politicisation. To help JNU continue to focus on academic excellence, please discourage obstructive politics and protests in the campus,” it added.

We have no faith in JNU administration or Delhi police: Najeeb Ahmed’s family

New Delhi: Family of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmed who has been missing from the campus for 13 days, on Thursday claimed they have “no faith” in the university administration and investigation by the police.

JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) also demanded that police should first rule out his presence in the JNU campus by searching the jungles and also demanded that those accused of assaulting Ahmed should be questioned and arrested immediately.

A student of School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, allegedly went missing on October 15 following a brawl on the campus allegedly with members of ABVP, the night before.

Claiming that Ahmed is not a person who would leave the campus on his own, his mother Fatima Nafees said he has been targeted as he was new and didn’t have many friends in the university.

“We have no faith in the university administration and the police investigation so far as the varsity officials are spreading ‘misinformation’ and shielding the ‘culprits’. Those who has been named as assaulters are roaming freely. They have not even been questioned,” she told reporters as she broke down.

Image courtesy: JNU website

Image courtesy: JNU website

Claiming that JNU administration is resorting to misinformation, Shahid, a resident of Mahi-Mandvi said that he was a witness and also got beaten during the violence along with Mohit Kumar Pandey, JNUSU president.

“I was on the second floor campaigning for hostel committee elections. After hearing the commotion I ran down. Vikrant (ABVP) said he was assaulted by Najeeb. I went up to Najeeb who was bleeding from his head. I asked him but he wasn’t able to speak. He went to the washroom.

“Another student Ankit said he wanted to use the washroom. I stopped him fearing he will again beat Najeeb. Ankit said he won’t and once inside started assaulting him. After we got him (Najeeb) out and were taking him to the warden’s office downstairs a group of 15-20 students literally lynched him,” Shahid alleged.

Shahid claimed that the proctor is making statements based on what Vikrant is saying and is refusing to state the depositions of the 20-odd neutral students.

“15 of us deposed before the police as well. But the police is yet to act against the assaulters,” added Shahid.

Alleging bias, Ahmed’s sister Sadaf said, “No written explanation was taken from the assaulters that day who beat up Najeeb in front of everyone including the warden. But they took it in writing from Najeeb. We have to force entry to proctor’s office and to meet the VC”.

JNU administration on Wednesday had issued a 25-point bulletin in connection with the case even as the varsity’s teachers association fumed over the authorities “selectively omitting” the fact that he was attacked during a brawl a night before.

JNUSU has been agitating alleging inaction on the administration’s part. The students had even confined the VC and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last week.

Following directives from the Home Ministry, Delhi Police had formed a special investigative team to trace the missing student.

As JNU student Najeeb Ahmad saga drags on, the real issue is in danger of being obscured

It was a surreal scene.

On 23 October, at a distance of a foot or so from the vice-chancellor’s gate, the mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad broke down in tears. Pleading for her son back, she left the gathered crowd looking on in complete silence. They had no answers for her, only vows of solidarity. Students, teachers, and security guards all bore mute witness to this sad culmination of Najeeb’s unexplained absence, which is fast gaining disturbing undertones.

Fresh off the heels of a ‘scuffle’ during which he allegedly slapped a fellow student at the Mahi-Mandavi hostel, he was allegedly thrashed by around 10 people at the same hostel, reportedly in front of the warden. At some point after this, he made a call to his mother in Badaun, telling her what had transpired, and mysteriously disappeared the day after. The campus took its own time to erupt, and it was days before the student body eventually accosted the administration. Nearly two weeks since Najeeb’s disappearance, gheraos, hoarse throats and a human chain later, nothing has changed. A student is missing from the university and there are all kinds of possibilities.

. Image courtesy: News18

Jawaharlal Nehru University. Representational image. Courtesy: News18

Najeeb was allegedly beaten up by a group comprising of mostly BJP-affiliated ABVP cadre and sympathisers on 14 October at around 11.30 pm. It is unclear as to whether the issue of religious identity was even a factor in all this. At this time, only speculation is possible and all angles need consideration. With every passing day (it is now 12 days) that Najeeb remains untraceable, theories are increasing in number and getting darker, without any new information to prove or debunk anything.

There are a few theories floating around:

1) He is safe and being kept hidden (for reasons unknown) by a political faction. This, however would be at odds with the various political groups and JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) asking “Where’s Najeeb?”, and would cause a storm in JNU
2) He is somewhere on campus somewhere, hiding alone or with aid. This is most unlikely. With the issue permeating the entire campus, a person who wants to be out of sight will likely leave. The police, too, do not seem to regard this as a viable lead as they have not scanned the university.
3) He has been abducted by persons unknown and taken somewhere for personal or communal reasons. Here, the potential ramifications are unnerving.
4) Succumbing to the stress of the entire affair, he ended his life. A scary thought indeed.
5) He left campus and went to an apolitical, unrelated contact in fear and emotional upheaval. He did not know too many people at JNU, having recently joined the university.

These theories vary in terms of plausibility and even the ones that seem likely throw up some curious questions.

Najeeb’s mother and sister have been in JNU for days. Would he, if safe and well, not have decided to make contact, especially given that he had called his mother soon after the alleged thrashing? There is a missing person’s report and a Rs 1 lakh reward for information on his whereabouts. It has been in the media and is steadily getting political. Perhaps, if safe, Najeeb would have gotten in touch with someone, considering the increasing scale of the matter and his mother’s condition. Unless of course, he has been so consumed by fear and stress that he wishes to delay the inevitable attention and is delaying things.

Other possibilities that do not assume Najeeb’s well-being hinge on his prolonged absence from campus. It does not make sense at this time, however, why a new student with no political affiliations, studying at the Department of Biotechnology, would be a target of any foul play. It is hard to imagine that slapping somebody, while brutish and unacceptable, would illicit the kind of backlash that would see a person abducted. In any case, it is all just speculative at the present and the best lead may well be eyewitness accounts of Najeeb taking an autorickshaw shortly before he went missing.

On the other hand, what is quite clear is that the matter is being prematurely politicised.

The facts just aren’t there yet. Accounts of incidents vary from student to student and faction to faction. In this confused and contradictory atmosphere, there is much presumption and a hasty jumping to agenda-informed conclusions. Three days after Najeeb was allegedly thrashed, the JNU Student’s Union (the president of which is from the CPI-ML-affiliated AISA) printed a pamphlet demanding strict action against ‘communal hate-mongering’ and claimed that there were ‘repeated attacks’ even afterwards, without offering any proof. The very next day, another JNUSU pamphlet claimed that Najeeb had been ‘brutally mob-lynched’ by ABVP and security and students alike bore witness to the ‘heinous lynching’.

Terms like that carry serious connotations and have been incorrectly applied by all accounts. It was highly irresponsible of JNUSU to print such things and it smacks of a political agenda. Such loaded, deliberate usage of language heightens tensions, spreads misinformation and gives wind to rumours. The student body should know better than to risk further polarisation. Just as the ABVP — sections of which are claiming without evidence that the Najeeb is ‘with AISA’ — should. The students’ union cannot give ammunition to the forces that are keen on destabilising the hitherto academic, secular and democratic fabric of JNU.

In all this, the real point is getting obscured; a student is missing after a controversial incident and needs to be located. That is what energies need to be focused on. Political posturing can at least wait till Najeeb is traced and facts are found. Students from any political hue need to come together to press the Vasant Kunj North thana’s SHO and investigating officer and station house officer for a report on progress in the case. They could pose questions and provide clues to the police instead of blaming and shaming each other without the full picture.

Instead, this was and continues to be a tense and extremely urgent issue, the alleviation of which sorely requires new information. Najeeb has been missing now for 12 days. Instilling political dimensions is of no practical use when the need of the hour is to singlemindedly track him down. Anything else is just providing fodder to those actors, inside and outside JNU, who would use the student bodies’ hasty words to malign the university once again. Faced with a crisis, the campus cannot afford to display its own infighting and further polarise the scenario.

As Najeeb’s sister said, “We want Najeeb back, but we want him back the right way.”

Dear Vivek Agnihotri, let’s be clear: JNU’s Najeeb Ahmad going missing is not a film script

In an extremely journalistic piece, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri blamed the disappearance of Najeeb — the student from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) —on Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) and called it a larger conspiracy to overthrow the Narendra Modi government.

He has got ‘facts’ to back his argument which only God could have whispered into his ears because nobody else, let alone in the JNU, is aware of these ‘facts’. For lesser mortals like me and other readers I would like to counter his heavenly ‘facts’ with earthly ones.

Agnihotri argues that JNUSU is being controlled by the students wings of CPI(M) and CPI(M-L). “These are the same parties which are the strategic forces behind the Naxal/Maoist movement.” One should be aware that the Communist movement has many internal contradictions and not every party with a name communist in it shares its whole interest with the other such outfit. Politically-aware readers might remember that Maoists sided with the Trinmool Congress in order to overthrow CPI(M)-led Left government in West Bengal.

I hope Agnihotri starts reading newspapers too and stops relying fiction like he has written in his article:

“These are the same parties which are the strategic forces behind the Naxal/Maoist movement in India which alone is responsible for the loss of over 13,000 innocent lives in India. This is more than the killing of innocent people and soldiers in the insurgent Kashmir and North East.”

Kashmir alone has seen around 100,000 civilian deaths since late 1980s.

Now, coming to the 14 October incident, Agnihotri has written a good story but it is important for him to remember that it is not one of the scripts of his movies. At the very outset, one should understand that the whole incident is being investigated by the Delhi Police as well as the University Proctor. Since matter is subjudice, comments should be made very carefully about the case.

Only Najeeb or Vikrant and his two friends can tell what happened inside that room that night. While Vikrant’s version of the story can be confirmed through him and his friends other party in the case is still missing. Vikrant and his two other friends who were in that room came out with a public pamphlet on 23 October, eight days after Najeeb went missing, where they levelled a few charges against him. What the pamphlet claimed is that Najeeb slapped Vikrant ‘twice’ in an unprovoked manner and later pointed towards his wrist and asked that why did you wear this. Truth in this story is under investigation and a student is still missing. This pamphlet while gives us a description of what happened in that room it does not corroborate the “fact” any sort of “violence” perpetuated upon Najeeb.

Agnihotri's article on Najeeb Ahmed has nothing to do with facts. Image courtesy: News18

Agnihotri’s article on Najeeb Ahmed has nothing to do with facts. Image courtesy: News18

While there are no other witnesses to this incident, there are many who witnessed the violence against Najeeb. According to witnesses, he was beaten in the corridor, at the stairs and even in presence of the warden of the hostel.

Agnihotri, you have extrapolated the accusations levelled by one party in this case and totally ignored the other side of the story. Not just that, but Agnihotri’s article does not even honestly narrate Vikrant’s version.

Agnihotri’s article is not only not factual, it also makes sweeping statements about many things without really getting a good grip of his subject. While Agnihotri, in his article, sympathises with the turn of events and mentions that students like Najeeb are the future of the nation, he suddenly shifts gears and claims that the case of the missing student is part of the larger conspiracy by Left parties who are conspiring to overthrow the Modi government.

Fact: Left parties are fighting for their own existence.

By which stretch of imagination are the Left parties, the power-players in the Indian political arena? And the idea that “political parties pushing their own agenda” and “Opposition is bad-mouthing the ruling party” has no novelty to it.

Jumping from one assumption to another — that’s how Agnihotri’s article reads. Moving further, Agnihotri writes:

Soon, Bapsa began putting up posters on campus glorifying ‘Dalit-Muslim’ unity and presented Najeeb as a victim of Hindu oppression. They attacked ABVP, BJP and RSS. The posters screamed of Brahminism (a very old and stale plank of the Leftists). The posters mentioned the Una incident to underline their narrative. The tactics used during the Umar Khalid episode in February and later Rohit Vemula episode, start repeating again. Another poster by the SIO screamed, ‘Violence against Muslims can be seen as a common denominator of Indian social existence’. It seems these parties have already assumed that Najeeb is a victim of communal politics. How can they assume this? Or is it that they know the plot? Who is the author of this script? Why is this similar to the earlier Umar and Rohit scripts?

We don’t know where Agnihotri is getting these newsbits, but as far as official sources are concerned, no parties have come out with any poster. Bapsa and NSUI did, but after 23 October. JNUSU also did not come out with any pamphlet or poster till that day. Yes, ABVP of course has pasted a number of posters in order to try to shift complete blame on Najeeb.

Agnihotri has written a great piece and I hope that one day he makes another movie with this script.

Author is a research scholar of Modern History at JNU, New Delhi and inmate of the same hostel where Najeeb and Vikrant resides

Najeeb didn’t just vanish: Why are JNU authorities not showing any sense of urgency?

It is tempting to pillory Kanhaiya Kumar and the other four high profiles of his tribe namely Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Anant Prakash and Ashutosh Kumar for being relatively insipid in their role to find Najeeb Ahmed the student who has disappeared from JNU. But the higher priority would be to ensure his safety and get him back from wherever he is.

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTIFormer JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

While Najeeb’s sister is playing the dominant role in the search or at least the call for it and in between slogan shouting and a few sundry gheraos and protest marches there is a sluggish texture to the usually vociferous JNU crowd who made headlines earlier this year with their controversial seminar at the Press Club in New Delhi, the general slowness of the investigation is patently obvious.

There is also the needless rant from Shehla Rashid a former vice president of the JNU Students Union who asks Kanhaiya why nothing is being done by him?

In parts, like the curate’s egg, it is a good question. How much is being done by anybody to find a young man who was seen being beaten up by a mob of ABVP goons, then dragged to the vice chancellor’s office and roughed up again as no one intervened.

Where did he go from there? The odds that rubbernecking students did not hang around to see what would happen next are very low. So when Najeeb came out of the office did he walk to his room, run to the gate, get into a car, be kidnapped, where were all the brave souls that inhabit this especially green grove of academe? Teachers, students, security staff. Did his friends not help him out at the time of his distress? Simply demanding to put more pressure on the police hardly comes off as concerted action.

Who were these ABVP guys, they are not incognito, surely in this huge span of time their post-mob frenzy period should produce cast-iron alibis. Where did each of you go next?

Najeeb could not just have vanished into thin air. One would opt for the scenario that he has gone into hiding for fear of his life but then at least in this hi-tech age he would have communicated his whereabouts to his family and the sister’s stress factor does not indicate this. And that makes it worrying because he could be incapacitated.

Is there any specific reason why the police have not been able to follow the trail despite having 12 suspects in custody?

With ten days since the young man vanished the trail, so to speak, is cold as ice. One can only conclude that Najeeb is either in another city with friends and relatives and has sought refuge and has got in touch with his immediate family but pushed them into silence. If that does not work for you has he been abducted by more goons and, if so, from where…his room, from under a tree, the hospital or clinic if he went there to have his wounds dressed, it is just not possible to have others involved in the scenario and go missing without leaving some eyewitnesses behind.

After you have been thrashed you either go for comfort, refuge or medical assistance. You don’t walk off into the wilderness without anyone knowing.

Certainly, the macabre thought comes to mind that the silence is ominous and God forbid does not indicate a much worse development. Until there is a body this option must lie on the side of the table.

I don’t think most people care whether the student is Hindu, Muslim or zebra striped. He is missing and he has to be found. Letting this mystery stay unresolved is not acceptable and there seems to be a lid on the outrage.

I watched the former spearhead of the JNU Kanhaiya Kumar give a sort of limp wristed speech to a crowd of farmers where he has supposed to have made the first mention of the disappearance. Wrong crowd, not much zest.

Curiously, even the media seems to be dragging its feet on this one and with the second week nearly coming to a conclusion since Najeeb was last seen the story for lack of a feed is slipping off the pages.

It will be a cruel shame if the Najeeb saga has no ending.

Come on, people, somebody saw something, somebody knows what happened…time to end the agony.

JNU row over Najeeb Ahmad is Naxal ploy to infiltrate campuses with Dalit-Muslim oppression narrative

As I scrolled through my Twitter notifications, a tweet blared, “#ShutDownJNU is the answer”. I don’t agree. Shutting down an institution is never an answer. It’s an escape from a problem. ‘Make it great again’ is the answer. But is it possible?

In 2012, I made a film which raised the fear of our academic institutions getting infested with ‘intellectual terrorism’. It came true in the form of the Kanhaiya Kumar episode in JNU. In a public forum, I had warned one of the most powerful leaders of India that Dalit-Muslim politics would soon cost lives, but I had no idea that it would manifest in the form of Rohit Vemula’s suicide.

Once again, student politics is in focus. JNU, once again, is enveloped by divisive student politics. A student has gone missing and vested interests are trying to encash their political currency.

JNU, in the past decade or so, has become the epicentre of sinister student politics planned and managed by the Leftist parties of India led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). These are the same parties which are the strategic forces behind the Naxal/Maoist movement in India which alone is responsible for the loss of over 13,000 innocent lives in India. This is more than the killing of innocent people and soldiers in the insurgent Kashmir and North East.

File image of JNU students protesting on campus earlier this year. PTI

File image of JNU students protesting on campus earlier this year. PTI

On 14 October, Vikrant Kumar — a student contesting for a place in the management committee of a hostel mess — went on a door-to-door campaign. His two colleagues, Ankit and Sunil, who happen to be Dalit students (caste is irrelevant but I mention it here as the caste and religion of a student is integral to JNU politics), accompanied him. Vikrant knocked on the door of a postgraduate student called Najeeb Ahmed. Najeeb noticed a saffron thread on Vikrant’s wrist (a sacred Hindu thread known as kalava) and made fun of him for wearing it. When Vikrant asked him to stop insulting his beliefs, Najeeb slapped Vikrant. Repeatedly.

In the meantime, the elected president of the student’s union JNUSU, Mohit Kumar Pandey, a Brahmin, also arrived there and threatened Vikrant — “You will pay a price”. He then turned towards Ankit, called him names, addressed him by his caste in a derogatory manner and threatened to show him his place. As things heated up, the warden of the hostel along with the security officials and other students reach the spot where Najeeb confessed to ridiculing Vikrant’s faith and slapping him, without any provocation. Minutes of the meeting were made in the presence and agreement of Najeeb, his room-mate and primary witness Quasim and the hostel president Alimuddin. Note: Quasim had earlier made a request to have his room changed, citing Najeeb’s unreasonable and aggressive behaviour.

In spite of Najeeb’s confession, the warden, who is a Dalit himself, persuaded the victims not to file a complaint under the non-bailable Dalit Atrocities Act against Najeeb, and instead asked Najeeb to vacate the hostel. He was given time until 21 October to do so. Expulsion, as understood by many, doesn’t mean withdrawal of hostel facilities, just shifting to another hostel. The very same evening, in his defense and for the records, Vikrant lodged a complaint at the Vasant Kunj police station. It seemed like the matter had been settled amicably. But the story doesn’t end here.

It’s important to note here that since 2014, Left parties are losing their political space and relevance. With increased development and a strong security presence in Naxal areas, the Naxal/Maoist movement is finding it difficult to spread its tentacles further into the jungles. Therefore, top Naxal/Maoist leaders, in tandem with CPI (M/L), have decided to spread wings to head to academic institutions with an objective to taking over cities and overthrowing the government. While they attack the state in rural areas with guns, they conspire against the government in urban areas with intellectual terrorism.

The strategy is to arouse caste (read Dalit) politics, disintegrate Dalits from Hindus and club them with Muslim politics. For them, the only way to defeat the Narendra Modi government is to consolidate Dalit and Muslim votes against Hindu votes. The Kanhaiya and Rohit incidents are the most important manifestations of this sinister strategy.

The next day, Najeeb suddenly went missing.

According to Abhinav Prakash, an ex-student of JNU, Najeeb was last seen with the All-India Students Association (AISA) cadre. Najeeb took an autorickshaw and left, leaving behind his phone and wallet. On the night of the fight, Najeeeb called his mother in the small town of Budaun in Uttar Pradesh and informed her of the fight. The worried mother rushed to Delhi and reached JNU at 12.30 pm to find that Najeeb was missing. She just couldn’t believe it because at 11 am, from Anand Vihar, she had spoken to Najeeb who had told her that he was in his hostel room.

The political theatre came alive and all the actors began playing their roles. Sensing a potent opportunity to attack the government, JNUSU — comprising of the Leftist AISA, Students Federation of India (SFI) in a nexus with Dalit-Muslim organisations such as Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) — decided to exploit a potent situation and give it a communal colour by holding ABVP responsible for a Muslim student’s disappearance. The tactics of class struggle were used the against ABVP.

Soon, BAPSA began putting up posters on campus glorifying ‘Dalit-Muslim’ unity and presented Najeeb as a victim of Hindu oppression. They attacked ABVP, BJP and RSS. The posters screamed of Brahminism (a very old and stale plank of the Leftists). The posters mentioned the Una incident to underline their narrative. The tactics used during the Umar Khalid episode in February and later Rohit Vemula episode, start repeating again.

Another poster by the SIO screamed, ‘Violence against Muslims can be seen as a common denominator of Indian social existence’. It seems these parties have already assumed that Najeeb is a victim of communal politics. How can they assume this? Or is it that they know the plot? Who is the author of this script? Why is this similar to the earlier Umar and Rohit scripts?

Then the former joint secretary of JNUSU, Saurabh Pandey (ABVP), began receiving written threats wherein he was warned that if he interfered, he would be ‘cut into pieces’.

On 20 October, the narrative was deliberately turned on its head. A poster by JNUSU went up stating, ‘Najeeb Ahmed is missing since a day after he was beaten up and intimidated by a group of identified students in front of the Senior Warden, Union president, JNU security and several other co-residents of his hostel, who all bore witness to the incident’ (sic). This is an outright lie as the president of JNUSU, Mohit Pandey, the author of this poster, was the primary witness to Najeeb’s confession. But then this is the staple strategy of Naxals: To turn around facts and go for very high-frequency written propaganda. This is done to incite communal tension by playing the victim card. A regular student fight that started with an objection to a sacred thread became a political battle of oppression.

File image of Vivek Agnihotri. Image provided by the author

File image of Vivek Agnihotri. Image provided by the author

The next day, the Leftist students forcibly took over the administration office and confined the vice-chancellor and other administrative officials for a day and a night, only allowing water to be carried inside. One of the administrators is an elderly diabetic. His wife was not allowed to meet him and students refused to even allow an ambulance. The Leftist students demanded that the administration give an ‘assurance in writing’ that it would be ‘punishing ABVP’ in spite of the fact that Najeeb was the one who beat up a student and confessed in front of the same students who are now the protestors. They also demand that the VC be part of the police search team.

Another poster came up, this time inviting students for a ‘protest march’ — six days after his disappearance — and blaming the VC and administration for ‘not creating conducive conditions for the return of Najeeb’. What does ‘conducive conditions’ mean? Not long ago, in February this year, Umar was also not found until ‘conducive conditions’ were created.

The entire narrative smells foul of the false victimisation of Najeeb in spite of him being the accused.

Most of the apolitical and anti-Left students and faculty believe that Najeeb is hiding on campus and the master-strategists are waiting for the issue to ‘hot up’ so that they can go for a full-blown offensive against the RSS, BJP and the Modi government.

This perception may be wrong but what is true is that our campuses are extremely politicised due to political appointments of the faculty who mastermind such conflicts. It is also true that free debate and logical discourse has died on our campuses. And it is also true that Naxalism is taking over our academia and it won’t be long before there will be hell to pay on the campuses.

The author is a filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker. He is founder of #IAmBuddha and School of Creativity. He tweets at @vivekagnihotri

JNU, freedom of speech and the Left’s licence to bully

A line needs to be drawn in the sand between freedom of expression and unadulterated bullying by the left-wing student unions in the ‘prestigious’ Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The unholy fiasco over 27-year-old student Najeeb Ahmed, who still remains untraceable, is indicative of a larger political ploy where no anarchical behaviour is out of bounds and legality, and logic and reasoning become cuss words on the altar of regressive leftist politics.

To be clear, one isn’t talking of the burning of Dussehra effigies inside the JNU campus, where ‘the triumph of good over evil’ was celebrated by lighting up Ravana’s 10 heads, that included those of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Baba Ramdev and V-C Jagadesh Kumar. Even if in poor taste, the acts fall within the students’ right to dissent and should draw no penal action.

But it is difficult to understand what right was being upheld when 12 of the JNU’s top brass, including a diabetic lady official, were kept confined for nearly 24 hours within the administrative block, without access to food and water by the left-backed JNUSU.

JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar coming out of his office. PTIJNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar coming out of his office. PTI

JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar coming out of his office. PTI

The demands of the nearly 200 agitating students ranged from the fantastic “bring back Najeeb immediately” — as if the varsity administration knew about his whereabouts — to the ridiculous “administration acted in an insensitive manner and is trying to shield ABVP culprits”, that indicates either a misunderstanding of the legal-criminal procedure or worse still, a callous disregard for the laws of the land with an eye to score political points.

The events leading to the disappearance of the first-year MSc Biotechnology student on Saturday, following a brawl on campus the night before, are unclear. Contradictory eyewitness reports have emerged, recounting that Najeeb was last seen boarding an auto on 15 October. According to his mother however, Najeeb had called her around 11 am on that day and said that he was waiting for her at the hostel, but was nowhere to be found thereafter.

Meanwhile, JNU has once again turned into a battle zone between ABVP, who allege that they are being wrongfully accused of a crime they did not commit, and left-backed students’ unions who are convinced that the right-wing students’ outfit is responsible for Najeeb going ‘missing’.

The point that should not be lost sight of, however, is that the disappearance of a student from campus is a matter for the police and relevant authorities to investigate.

An FIR has been lodged at the Vasant Kunj North Police Station, the police has launched an inquiry, multiple students have been summoned and the procedure has kicked off in right earnest.

“We have some leads and these are being explored to ensure a safe rescue. Details cannot be shared now,” additional DCP (South) Nupur Prasad was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. A cash reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced for information about him.

About 10 squads investigators have left for Najeeb’s hometown in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, and are gathering information about his whereabouts. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced the formation of a Special Investigative Team (SIT) and has asked the police commissioner to expedite the probe.

It’s not as if the wheels of the machinery aren’t moving but when the aim is to turn every issue into a political game and try and score points against the administration – and in turn against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre – then the truth can be bent and subverted to meet narrow ends.

According to the V-C, who along with his colleagues was locked inside their rooms for close to a day, pleading with the agitators that they (administration) are as concerned about the missing student and is determined to help the police in every way to help trace him, bore no fruit.

“They have wrongfully confined us since 2.30 pm with unreasonable demands like bring Najeeb immediately. These things are not in our hands but with the police. We are doing whatever we can. We also want the safe return of Najeeb. But they (students) have not even listened to our pleas. There is a lady official who is unwell and she too is inside,” the V-C was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

On JNUSU president Mohit Pandey’s claim, that the confined officials had access to food and water, India Today quoted the V-C as saying: “We slept on the floor. This is a complete lie that we had been provided food. Our several colleagues are sick and they spent the whole night without any facility…Students have become relentless and adamant and think that we are not doing our best.”

On the students’ charges of insensitivity and laxity in taking action, the V-C said, while speaking to the media, that they have been in constant touch with the police with regards to the search for Najeeb and that the proctorial investigation into the violence had already started.

“How can we take action against any student before the investigation is over. We have to hear all versions and come to a fair decision,” the V-C said.

In between, as the gherao was called off, the issue created a rift between the left-wing student organisations – with some going on to blame JNUSU president Pandey of taking a unilateral decision.

According to a student leader, as quoted by The Telegraph: “Demands from small radical student groups had forced us to do a gherao that wasn’t feasible because it is exam time and the support is low,”

“It’s not yielding anything and the teachers too have withdrawn support,” the student leader said.

The regressive politics of the left has gained in aggression ever since a left alliance of CPIM-backed SFI and CPI-ML’s AISA won the recent student union polls over the right-wing ABVP. Just a few days back, PTI reported about an incident where a section of JNU teachers had accused the student union members of resorting to violence, while a discussion on the feasibility of introducing courses in yoga and Indian culture was going on at a meeting.

Professor Amrita Singh, according to a DNA report, was allegedly abused and attacked inside the university campus by a group of students on 7 October.

“I stepped out of the academic council meeting late Saturday evening, and was immediately surrounded by around 20 students. They started calling me out, abusing me, calling me “sanghi” and didn’t even let me move. When I, along with the JNU registrar and proctor tried to get into our car, we were stopped and surrounded by the students who started banging on the car. Some of them even laid down in front of the car,” Professor Amita Singh, Dean of School of Law and Governance, was quoted, as saying by the newspaper.

For the regressive left, which finds itself increasingly redundant, academic institutions like JNU are an ideal battleground from where political campaigns against the current NDA government can be launched.

Reports have already emerged of an effort to communalise Najeeb’s disappearance, which may come in handy during the upcoming Assembly polls in UP. One won’t be surprised if Najeeb becomes the victim of a larger, more sinister game.

Missing JNU student: VC Jagadesh Kumar spends 22 hrs in lockdown, campus remains divided

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six days after Najeeb Ahmed went missing, protests at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus took an unprecedented turn with agitating students locking down the Vice Chancellor (VC) Jagadesh Kumar and other senior officials in the administrative building for at least 22 hours on Thursday. The campus was divided over JNU Student’s Union (JNUSU)’s decision to call off the blockade, though the Union held that it was just a strategic change of tactics.“We haven’t called off our protest. We have only changed the methodology,” JNUSU spokespersons said. The decision was taken keeping in mind the Academic Council meeting which was scheduled for 2:30 pm, Thursday.Najeeb Ahmed, a first year MSc student who lived in Room No. 106 of Mahi Mandvi hostel on JNU campus, went missing on October 15 allegedly following an altercation with ABVP activists the previous night. The lockdown began on Wednesday when the students lay down in front of the administrative block in which they held the VC and several other senior administrative officials captive, lying down on the ground and asking them to walk over them if they wanted to leave.Shortly before the VC was allowed to leave on Thursday, he had called a press meet inside the block where he was held and appealed to agitating students to call off the blockade stating that otherwise, the “law will take its own course”.The VC claimed that the authorities were taking every possible ef fort to trace the missing student and blamed students for their illegal detention. “We slept on the floor and were not provided food. Several of our colleagues are sick and they spent whole night without any facilities,” VC Kumar said.Rejecting Kumar’s allegations, the JNUSU said that the incident occurred due to the administration’s insensitive handling of the issue. “The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling the matter of Najeeb Ahmed-the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR,” JNUSU President Mohit Pandey said.As soon as the blockade was called off by JNUSU President Mohit Pandey on Thursday at around 2.15pm, a section of students, including activists of BAPSA, AISF, and DSU started protesting, asking Pandey to explain his decision.“We have been sitting here for the last 24 hours pressurising the authorities to step up their efforts in tracing our missing friend. How can JNUSU take this decision abruptly without apprising us about the status of their meeting with the VC?” a student who wished to stay anonymous, asked.“We’ll continue our protest. We don’t care if JNUSU is with us or not. We’ll carry out a march tonight in the campus in support of Najeeb,” said another student.The atmosphere on campus remained tense on Thursday evening. “JNUSU thinks they are the only legitimate body on campus. They have forgotten that we students elected them. They can’t betray us like this. We won’t stop this movement here. We’ll constitute another body without hierarchy to channelise our protest,” a BAPSA activist said.Ahmad’s family, who also blamed the varsity for not taking action to trace their son, remains grief stricken. “Yesterday we got a call from a mortuary to identify a body. Fortunately, it wasn’t our Najeeb,” says Sadaf, Najeeb’s sister. “The administration is not doing anything to trace my son. Had these students not protested, even the media wouldn’t have come,” Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees said. Meanwhile, the Delhi police constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to trace the missing student following a direction from Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on Najeeb.

Threat letter sent to former JNU students union member over missing student

New Delhi: A threat letter was on Thursday received by former JNU students union joint secretary and ABVP member Saurabh Sharma warning him over the missing varsity student.

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

The letter was delivered to Sharma at his room in Jhelum Boys Hostel of Jawaharlal Nehru University, which threatened him to be “cut into pieces”.

“I got the letter today morning, which cited incidents in West Bengal and asked me how dare I touched a Muslim boy. It also said that irrespective of whether Najeeb returns or not, I will be cut into pieces,” Sharma said, adding that this is not the first threatening letter he received.

“I have received many such letters post the February 9 incident. But I will keep standing up to my nationalistic beliefs come what may.”

The letter was sent by one Shahid Khan through Speed Post, whose address was mentioned on the envelope as that of Jahangir Puri along with a mobile number.

“Saurabh Sharma, Hope this letter finds you at least in a condition where you can read. As our boys are already looking for you to cut into pieces. Looks like you haven’t taken any lessons from the recent Bengal attacks where our boys are thrashing people of your community into pieces,” the letter said.

“How dare you touch a Muslim boy. Najib Ahmed wapas ‘mile na mile’ but we will find you and burn down the whole ABVP and JNU. Wait till that time comes!” it added.

Sharma, was the complainant of the controversial 9 February event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

JNU VC remains under siege over missing student, says officials slept on floor

New Delhi: JNU students angry over a student who went missing six days ago on Thursday continued their siege of Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar, who has refrained from calling the police.

Hundreds of students belonging to almost all student groups barring the ABVP laid siege to the administrative block at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), accusing Kumar of taking a negative attitude.

Kumar, the Proctor, the Registrar and some other officials were forced to spend the night inside the building, student activists told IANS.

JNU VC M Jagdeesh Kumar. News18JNU VC M Jagdeesh Kumar. News18

JNU VC M Jagdeesh Kumar. News18

“We are continuing the protest but have allowed other junior employees to move freely and carry on with their work,” Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA) President Bhupali Magare told IANS.

The JNU has been in ferment ever since an undergraduate science student, Najeeb Ahmed, went missing on the night of 14 October, reportedly after a brawl with a few members of the ABVP.

Police have been told that Ahmed may have been kidnapped or may be in illegal confinement.

The students deny they have gheraoed the Vice Chancellor but he insists that he and other officials have been confined to the building. Reporters, however, have access to Kumar.

Magare said the Vice Chancellor was not responding to their demands and had displayed a negative attitude.

She said a few students from the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) went to meet Kumar around midnight on Wednesday but he immediately asked the security to video the discussion.

“We walked out after that. He is dealing with the issue in a very negative manner,” she said.

The Vice Chancellor appealed to the students on Wednesday night to end the siege and discuss their concerns.

On Thursday, Kumar again appealed to the students to end the siege and let him and other officials function freely. He said the university had already met with their demands.

“They asked for a police complaint, which has been filed. Moreover, a proctorial inquiry has been initiated by the varsity,” he said.

He rubbished claims that the students had offered him and the other officials food during confinement. “We were not sent any food. We slept on the floor.”

JNU on the boil: As protests continue, V-C says all efforts are being made to find Najeeb Ahmed

The air is tense in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). A student has been missing for six days now, following an alleged fight between two groups on the night of 14 October. The protesting students, demanding ‘proper action’ by JNU authorities, have lodged themselves at administrative block in the campus. On Wednesday night, Vice Chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar and other top university officials were confined to their offices all through the night.

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

JNU campus. Image courtesy: www.jnu.ac.in

Najeeb Ahmed, a student of MSc, has been missing since 11 am on 15 October after an alleged altercation with students belonging to the ABVP at the Mahi-Mandavi Hostel. The ideological battle between Left and Right had taken an ugly turn, with allegations of physical intimidation and kidnapping of the missing student being made by the protesting students.

JNU Vice Chancellor in a press conference on Thursday morning said that he was ‘illegally confined’ and called the ways of the protesting students as unreasonable and ‘unfortunate’.

Responding to the question that JNU administration is not taking the matter seriously, he said he had met the family members of Najeeb twice and “heard them very patiently though they were agitated as their son is missing”.

“We understand their pain and assured them that we are taking all necessary action but told them that they cannot decide who should be punished. There is a procedure to be followed,” said the Vice Chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar.

He also added that JNUSU president Mohit Pandey went out to the press immediately after this meeting between the V-C and family of the missing student and told the media persons that “V-C has told the mother of the missing student that we will see you in a court, which is a blatant lie.”

While stressing on the fact that an inquiry panel has been formed and JNU administration is in regular touch with police, he added that just on the basis of allegations and without conducting a proper inquiry, no action can be taken against any students.

“Our primary concern is to find Najeeb, secondly to make a proper inquiry into the incident and run the university effectively,” said the Vice Chancellor.

On Wednesday night, JNU administration made a written appeal to the students while they were confined which read, “to all the students agitating over the issue of an event that took place at Mahi-Mondavi Hostel in the night of 14-15 October 2016 to immediately end their gherao of University officials in the Administration building where the Vice Chancellor and other senior officials have been unlawfully confined. Some of these officials are blood pressure and diabetic patients and are not able to take their medicines. It is already more than five hours of confinement. Their continued confinement may lead to deterioration of their health.”

Talking about the action taken by the administration in the appeal, JNU authorities said, “The Administration has taken all necessary steps to trace Najeeb Ahmed. First, we have reported the case to the police and regularly monitoring the developments. Secondly, we have made an appeal to Najeeb Ahmed through the media and the university’s website to return and resume his academic activities without any fear. Thirdly, a fair inquiry has been initiated in the Chief Proctor’s office on the alleged violence during the election campaign for membership in the Mess Committee in the Hostel. The inquiry process will follow the due process and efforts will be made to expedite it and recommendations of the inquiry committee will be submitted to a provost committee for a final recommendation. Those found guilty will face disciplinary action as per the university rules. Press release will be issued on warden’s committee reports/complaints received related to this incident. We yet again appeal to the student community to end the gherao and return to their respective hostels.”

JNU missing student case: 12 students summoned during probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 12 students were summoned on Wednesday by JNU administration to appear before the proctorial committee in connection with a case involving a missing student amid protests that the Vice Chancellor acted in an “insensitive” manner on the issue. A student of School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before.An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station on Tuesday after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.”The JNU administration had summoned 12 students to depose before the proctorial committee whose names have been associated with the incidence of violence at Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 14.The committee has also asked anyone who wants to depose to come forward and help in the investigation. Condemning the students for blocking the administrative block, JNU teachers also urged the administration to put more pressure on the police to find Ahmed and appealed for him to return without fear of victimisation,” a statement said.M Jagadesh Kumar, vice chancellor, JNU and other top officials briefed the media for the first time since the disappearance on October 15 noon and said that all necessary measures have been taken to trace the boy and is also in touch with the family.”But we are really concerned about his safety and is constantly in touch with the police providing them whatever information required. We also appeal to Najeeb if his is reading this to return to the university. We assure him of all help,” said Kumar.Accepting the fact that so far no leads have been made on the episode of Ahmed’s disappearance from the campus, Kumar added, “nobody knows what has happened to him so far”.”The family had filed a missing complaint and when we approached the police we were already told that an FIR has been lodged by the family,” said Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector of JNU.The campus remained tense with large number of students gathering at the administrative block in the afternoon to protest. After sloganeering and demonstration the students blocked the gates of the building.After intervention from the security the locks were opened, but in the evening as most of the staff left, the students again continued with the blockade.”The blockade is due to the insensitive way of handling the matter of Najeeb Ahmed — the violence against him by ABVP which led to him missing from the campus for over five days now and the JNU administration trying to shield the culprits while refusing to lodge an FIR,” said Mohit Pandey, president, JNUSU.The situation remained tense with the left-backed JNUSU and ABVP levelling allegations and counter-allegations. ABVP alleged that there is inconsistency in the statements of the JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and the roommate of Ahmad.

JNU seeks CBI, NCRB’s help to trace missing student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU administration has requested all relevant Central agencies, including National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) and CBI for help in tracing a student who has been missing since Saturday even as the campus continued to be on the edge with protests continuing for the fourth day. Classes were also boycotted due to the strike called by the JNU students union.A student of School of Biotechnology, Najeeb Ahmed, allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl on the campus the night before. An FIR for kidnapping and wrongfully confining a person was lodged at Vasant Kunj North police station on Monday after the police received a complaint from the student’s guardians.Asserting that the university is seeking help from all relevant Central agencies to help trace Ahmad, JNU said in a statement, that “Delhi police have been approached to investigate the matter and the administration is regularly in communication with the police. Police has informed that they have already registered a case under section IPC 365 and doing the investigations”.”All PCR vans in Delhi and all SSPs throughout India have been alerted and efforts are being made to trace the student. Further, the police has intimated all the six neighbouring states and put the information on Zip-net in Northern Zone. Moreover, all relevant central agencies, including NCRB and missing section of CBI have been requested for help,” it added.The situation remained tense with the left-backed JNUSU and ABVP levelling allegations and counter-allegations. ABVP alleged that there is inconsistency in the statements of the JNUSU president Mohit Pandey and the roommate of Najeeb Ahmad and demanded a probe.Meanwhile, a group of students of Mahi-Mandvi wrote to the chief proctor specifying nine names claiming that they came to the hostel on Friday night and assaulted him. Also former JNUSU joint secretary, Saurabh Sharma, an ABVP member has been asked by the chief proctor to appear on October 21 for some clarification. However, the reason behind the summon is not clear from the letter. ABVP also staged a protest at the administrative block demanding efforts from the administration and police to find Ahmad.

‘Where is my son?’ JNU student missing after ‘brawl’ in campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was around 2 a.m. on Saturday that the phone rang in Fatima Nafees’ home in Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. It was her son Najeeb Ahmed, a student in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). “Something has happened to me on campus. Please come soon,” the mother recounts her son telling her.Nafees left for Delhi shortly after the panic call, waiting perhaps for dawn. On the way, she got another call. “Ma, I’m waiting for you, he said. I told him not to worry. I am on the way,” she says.Three days later, there is still no sign of the 27-year-old, a first year biotechnology student who lives in room 106 of the Mahi Mandavi hostel. Amid allegations that members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) beat him up in a communal brawl and increasing anxiety, police arrived in the campus Monday evening.”There were so many places he could have studied in but he chose JNU. I told him to think about it, but his mind was made up. He said JNU was reputed and affordable. When I find him, I’ll take him home,” an inconsolable Nafees tells dna from a corner at the University’s administration block.Ahmed allegedly went missing on Saturday following a brawl in the hostel the night before. New to the city, Ahmed arrived in JNU after finishing his graduation from Bareilly. While the JNUSU Students Union alleges a ‘communal angle’ to the brawl, students at the hostel insist that the incident was a “hostel quarrel blown out of proportion”.According to JNUSU president Mohit Pandey, who was reportedly present at the time, ABVP students physically threatened and intimidated Ahmed and “incited communal violence”. Ahmed went missing the next day, Pandey says, claiming that a group of goons continued to hit the student even in front of the warden (and himself).Eyewitness accounts have confirmed that a group of students affiliated to the ABVP roughed up Ahmed on Friday night.On Monday, while administration officials were taking depositions from different eyewitnesses to establish the exact sequence of events, student activists from various parties could be seen outside the administration block demanding that a police complaint be filed immediately and that action be taken against those who hit the student.At the hostel, however, the mood is quiet and sombre with students more focused on finding Ahmed rather than figuring out who was guilty.”A student has been missing for more than 48 hours, and the issue has been politicised to the extent that everyone seems to be interested in pinning blame than finding Najeeb. For those staying at the hostel, finding Najeeb is the most important issue,” says Alimuddin, president of the Mahi Mandavi hostel.The JNU administration has now sprung into action and asked security to search the entire campus. Members of the administration have also met Ahmed’s family and assured them that all possible action will be taken and that they are in touch with Delhi Police.The campus is on edge as speculation continues over the whereabouts of Ahmed. Meanwhile, a mother waits for the phone to ring. “I can’t help but pick every call. Whenever the phone rings, I think it’s Najeeb.”

JNU student goes missing under mysterious circumstances

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student and AISA activist has gone missing under mysterious circumstances, police said on Sunday.Najeeb Ahmad, pursuing MSc in Biotechnology and resident of room 106 of Mahi/Mandavi hostel, has been missing since yesterday allegedly after an altercation with a few students on Saturday night, they added.A case under section 365 (kidnapping with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person) of IPC has been registered at the Vasant Kunj North police station on the basis of a complaint by his parents, police said.An AISA activist said Najeeb, who joined the hostel a fortnight ago, had an altercation with some ABVP activists on Saturday night when they were holding a door-to-door campaign at the hostel for the mess committee election.Najeeb allegedly slapped a student following which residents of the hostel asked him to vacate his room.However, the activist alleged, “It all started with a scuffle between two groups of students, but then an entire group of ABVP activists came to avenge it and beat him up,” the activist said.All those who tried to save him, including the warden, JNUSU President and hostel residents were also beaten up.There was a protest organised by JNUSU at the university demanding the JNU administration to immediately take up the matter with the police from the university’s side, said a student.

Ink attack on Kejriwal in Bikaner; police detains two accused

Ink attack on Kejriwal in Bikaner; police detains two accused

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Jaipur: Two young men on Tuesday threw ink on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the state’s Bikaner city, police said, adding both have been detained.

“This incident happened late in the evening at a residential complex when Kejriwal was coming out after meeting his acquaintance. We have detained two persons in this regard,” a police official told IANS.

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A file photo of Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

Kejriwal was in Bikaner, 350 km from Jaipur, to attend a condolence meeting at the home of a local leader of his Aam Aadmi Party.

Questioning of both the persons is going on, said the police officer, noting that the political affiliations of these men who are students are not known as of now.

Sources said that Kejriwal was attacked apparently by students affiliated with RSS’s student wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for his remarks on Indian Army’s surgical strike.

Kejriwal in his tweet on ink attack said, ” Hmmm… God bless those who threw ink at me. I wish them well.”

SP students’ wing, ABVP dominate Allahabad University Student Elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha and ABVP dominated the Allahabad University Students Union polls, with the RSS’ students wing bagging the President’s post.However, unlike last year, when the ABVP had bagged all posts except that of the president, very few of its candidates were elected as office bearers.Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad candidate Rohit Mishra was elected to the post of the president, defeating his nearest rival Ajit Yadav by a slender margin of 95 votes in the polls whose results declared late on Friday night. It is for the first time in the last five years when ABVP has won the President’s post.The Samajwadi Party Chhatra Sabha, which is the students’ wing of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, put up a strong performance. Its candidates Adil Hamza and Shivbalak Yadav got elected to the posts of vice-president and general secretary respectively.ABVP’s Abhishek Kumar Pandey alias Yogi was elected as the joint secretary while Sabha’s Manish Kumar Saini bagged the post of cultural secretary.Notably, none of the women candidates were elected to any of the key posts despite the buoyancy that pervaded on the campus in the wake of the victory of Richa Singh last year, who became the first woman president of the AU students’ union in several decades and had contested as an independent candidate.

Udaipur: Kashmiri student booked in sedition case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kashmiri student who allegedly posted “anti-national” comments on Facebook after the Uri terror attack, has been booked on sedition charges.His comments had sparked protest by ABVP activists in the city on Tuesday, prompting the college administration to suspend him for seven days.”A case against the accused student Mudasir Rashid was registered last night under section 124 A (sedition),” police said.The matter is under investigation and Rashid, a Srinagar resident, has not been arrested so far, they said.Rashid who is studying engineering at a private college here, was detained yesterday after the institute director R S Vyas lodged the FIR against him.

JNUSU demands action against student accused of rape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNU Students Union on Monday approached the varsity Vice Chancellor seeking action against a student who has been accused of sexual assault by a fellow mate. A 28-year-old JNU student had approached Delhi Police on Sunday and filed a rape case against an activist of the left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA), accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus. The woman, a Ph.D student, alleged that Anmol Ratan, also a Ph.D student, offered her a copy of a movie that she was looking for, took her to his hostel room and offered her a spiked drink. She told police that he raped her when she was unconscious. He also threatened her and asked her not to report the matter.Taking strong note of the incident, AISA had yesterday expelled Anmol from the party which ended his primary membership.”We condemn the incident and call for speedy action in the case. Since the complaint has been filed with police, we demand that the force takes all necessary steps to ensure justice and arrest the accused without delay. Also, the university must take necessary action against the accused student,” a statement issued by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said.Meanwhile, the complainant could not record her statement before the magistrate citing illness.”The victim was sent for recording of her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC but she cited illness due to which it has been postponed now,” said RP Upadhyay, Jt Commissioner of Police, southeastern range. He said that the statement is expected to be recorded tomorrow. The accused student has not joined the probe and is unavailable for questioning, he added.The university authorities condemned the incident as a blot on the university’s image and urged the JNU community to remain vigilant against such incidents.”JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university. The administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in future. We appeal the students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences,” an official statement said.The BJP’s student wing-ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the left-groups on campus today staged a protest in university demanding rustication of Anmol. They also submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar in this regard.”We will not let JNU become a rape capital. The way these people conduct anti-national activities on campus similarly they indulge in rapes and are habitual offenders,” alleged a statement from ABVP.

JNUSU demands action against student accused of rape, ABVP stages protest

New Delhi:JNU Students Union on Monday approached the varsity Vice Chancellor seeking action against a student who has been accused of sexual assault by a fellow mate.

A 28-year-old JNU student had yesterday approached Delhi Police and filed a rape case against an activist of the left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA), accusing him of raping her in a hostel room on the university campus.

The woman, a Ph.D student, alleged that Anmol Ratan, also a Ph.D student, offered her a copy of a that she was looking for, took her to his hostel room and offered her a spiked drink.

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She told police that he raped her when she was unconscious. He also threatened her and asked her not to report the matter.

Taking strong note of the incident, AISA had on Sunday expelled Anmol from the party which ended his primary membership.

“We condemn the incident and call for speedy action in the case. Since the complaint has been filed with police, we demand that the force takes all necessary steps to ensure justice and arrest the accused without delay. Also, the University must take necessary action against the accused student,” a statement issued by JNU Students Union (JNUSU) said.

Meanwhile, the complainant could not record her statement before the magistrate citing illness.

“The victim was sent for recording of her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC but she cited illness due to which it has been postponed now,” said RP Upadhyay, Jt Commissioner of Police, southeastern range.

He said that the statement is expected to be recorded on Tuesday.

The accused student has not joined the probe and is unavailable for questioning, he added.

The university authorities condemned the incident as a blot on the university’s image and urged the JNU community to remain vigilant against such incidents.

“JNU administration strongly condemns an incident of heinous rape in a campus hostel. It has completely shaken the JNU community and has tarnished the image of the university.

“The administration does not tolerate such incidences and resolves to take appropriate measures to prevent them in future. We appeal the students, staff and teachers to remain vigilant against such incidences,” an official statement said.

The BJP’s student wing-ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the left-groups on campus on Monday staged a protest in university demanding rustication of Anmol.

They also submitted a memorandum to Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar in this regard.

“We will not let JNU become a rape capital. The way these people conduct anti-national activities on campus similarly they indulge in rapes and are habitual offenders,” alleged a statement from ABVP.

JNU VC forms panel for appeal proceedings on Afzal Guru anniversary row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Appellate Authority of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Vice Chancellor, has constituted a committee comprising of four members to assist him in conducting appellate proceedings against students related to a February 9 event (on Afzal Guru’s third death anniversary) on the university campus.The event organisers had pasted posters across the campus inviting students to gather for a protest march against ‘judicial killing’ of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat and to express solidarity with Kashmiri migrants at the Sabarmati Dhaba on the campus. In the light of the recommendation of the HLEC and subsequently the recommendation of the committee constituted to assist the Appellate Authority, the Vice Chancellor put his mind to various dimensions of the concerned issue to come to a conclusion and has taken the final decision on the appeals made by the students, said a statement, adding that every student was called for deposition before the appeals committee. It further said every student was given a copy of the HLEC report and the enclosed evidences and was given an opportunity to make an appeal in writing. “The principle of natural justice was minutely followed. Each one of those who appealed were shown the entire documents and given time to go through it before they would depose. The appellate authority, after a thorough analysis of each case, has issued the final report to be implemented by the Chief Proctor,” it added.The university officials said the act amounted to ‘indiscipline’ as any talk about disintegration of nation cannot be ‘national’.”It is an act of indiscipline, as permission for the programme was sought by providing incomplete information. A committee headed by the Chief Proctor will examine the footage of the event and speak to the witnesses. The varsity will take appropriate action based on the report,” JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar said.Earlier, the university had ordered the inquiry after members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office, demanding expulsion of students who organised the event on Guru’s third death anniversary, who was hanged at Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.Members of the ABVP had on Tuesday objected to the event and wrote to the Vice-Chancellor, saying such marches should not be held at an educational institution, prompting the university administration to order cancellation of the march fearing it might ‘disrupt peace on the campus’.However, the organisers went ahead with their plan and held a programme, which led to the ABVP members gathering outside the V-C’s office and shouting slogans, demanding their expulsion.

Amnesty row: Jaitley leads onslaught against Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress today came under fire from top ministers in the Modi government for “sympathising with supporters of terrorists”, a day after Karnataka Home Minister gave a “clean chit” to Amnesty International over an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.Leading the charge, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said ‘Azadi’ slogans cannot be treated as freedom of speech and slammed Congress and its Karnataka government, accusing them of indulging in vote bank politics over the issue. “Four days ago, in the capital of Karnataka, during a programme in Bangalore, ‘Azadi’ (freedom) slogans were raised by a few people. An organization, which gets funding from abroad, organized the event and yesterday I read the statement of Karnataka Home Minister in which he said that whatever happened is nothing wrong,” Jaitley said.”After so many sacrifices this country has made, some political parties do it for vote bank politics,” he said addressing a rally on the outskirts of Jammu city. The Finance Minister recalled a similar incident at JNU in January and said raising slogans to advocate the disintegration of the country cannot be seen as freedom of speech as advocated by some. Union Minister Ananth Kumar, who met a group of ABVP activists on a dharna in Bengaluru, charged the Congress government in Karnataka with “sympathising with supporters of terrorists” and taking action against nationalists.”It is unfortunate that the Congress government under the Chief Ministership of Siddaramaiah has taken action against nationalists and sympathised with supporters of terrorists,” he told reporters.”It is the duty of the Union and state governments to protect the unity, integrity and sovereignty of the country. I am very happy about ABVP activists’ efforts to do so by waging a fight against the present Congress government in Karnataka,” he said.The protesting activists submitted a memorandum demanding an National investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into the whole episode. In reply, Kumar said he would meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and convey the sentiments of the protesters and submit the memorandum seeking NIA investigation into the incident. However, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor defended Parameshwara’s clean chit to the human rights organisation, saying national security does not get compromised when a few people chant anti-national slogans.”National security of our country is not going to be compromised by few people shouting slogans. We are stronger than that, we are bigger than that, we are better than that,” Tharoor told PTI . “Charging Amnesty with sedition law was already a big mistake. The NGO has not advocated violence and no one at the conference did so,” he said, adding “we are not at war at the moment. We don’t have to think in terms of treason and all,” he told PTI. Parameshwara had yesterday said,”Amnesty International is not new to Bengaluru, this organisation has been functioning here for a long time. I don’t know nor I have heard in the past about it (Amnesty) or anyone from it involving in any anti-national activities.” “They (Amnesty) had organised a programme about Army’s excesses in Kashmir. They had called a few families (from Kashmir) to console them and give them some sort of mental support, in which certain incidents took place about which an FIR has been registered,” he said in remarks that were viewed as giving a clean chit to the rights advocacy group.Amnesty International had on Saturday last organised the event as part of a campaign to seek justice for “victims of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir, which took an ugly turn with heated exchanges and alleged raising of slogans in support of Kashmir’s independence and against the Indian army.ABVP activists had submitted a CD containing video recording of the event after filing a complaint with police, who registered an FIR against Amnesty International under various penal laws, including those related to sedition

JNU to rename central library as BR Ambedkar Library

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday gave a go ahead to the renaming of the varsity’s central library as B R Ambedkar Library following demands from BJP’s student wing ABVP.The ABVP which is locked in an ideological battle with the Left-backed groups on campus had in April also demanded a statue of the architect of Indian Constitution be installed there. The varsity’s library committee approved the proposal which was placed on Tuesday before the Executive Council, the statutory decision making body of the university.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The proposal was placed before the council today and was approved unanimously to rename the central library as B R Ambedkar Library,” an EC member said.The Left-groups active on campus had termed the ABVP’s demands “ironic” alleging that “it’s weird on one hand the government is terrorising students who pursue Ambedkarite politics, while its student wing on the other hand is hell bent upon appropriating Ambedkar”.The ABVP had also written to President Pranab Mukherjee and HRD Ministry demanding the renaming of the library after Ambedkar, the convention centre after APJ Abdul Kalam and the stadium ground after the freedom fighter Birsa Munda. However, the EC members claimed no proposals about the convention centre and the stadium ground were placed before it on Tuesday.

ABVP student union leader manhandles professor in SRCC

Delhi University student union leader allegedly manhandled a professor at prestigious Sri Ram College of Commerce over use of sports facility on the campus.Union leader Satender Awana of the ABVP attacked sports teacher professor Vineet Mehta. Mehta was later admitted to Hindu Rao Hospital and was discharged after first aid.Mehta alleged that Awana along with seven other students entered the sports facility area and demanded the swimming pool facility be made available to them. “I told them that the concerned professor was away<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>and that they should come later. On this they lost their cool and started abusing and manhandling me,” said the professor.The professor also alleged that the boys wanted to use the facility without paying any charges, which he could not permit.The student union leader however alleged that he was also roughed up by the professor. “We requested professor Mehta to give us the phone number of the concerned professor. But he refused to do so and startedabusing us,” said Awana.Both parties later approached the local police station to register their complaint. “Both parties are playing victim and want to register an FIR. We are hearing them out, an FIR will be filed accordingly,”said a police officer at Maurice Nagar police station.

ABVP seeks CBI probe into ‘murky affairs’ of Hyderabad University’s JAC

ABVP on Saturday demanded a CBI inquiry into the affairs of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice at Hyderabad Central University, which is spearheading the agitation over the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula.The demand comes in the wake of allegations made by former SFI leader and general secretary of HCU Students’ Union, Raju Kumar Sahu, that the agitation was massively funded by Congress, Left and opportunist forces of the country. Sahu, who had been an active participant in the protests following Vemula’s death, had quit the SFI on May 11, in protest against the “opportunistic politics of SFI”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing a press conference here, a group of ABVP leaders of HCU, also condemned the “divisive agitation by JAC, wherein several outsiders with vested interests were brought to fuel the movement”.”Now that the cat is out of bag and the fake agitation of JAC/ SFI/ ASA (Ambedkar Students’ Association) is exposed, ABVP demands a thorough enquiry into the agitation of JAC and its supporters,” ABVP leaders K Palsaniya, Kumar Nayak, N Susheel Kumar and others said.”The accounts of JAC as well as the bank accounts of its leaders and the faculty associated with them need to be examined to ensure the sources of funding for the (ongoing) agitation,” they said.”A CBI enquiry also needs to be constituted into the conduct of leaders of ASA just before the death of Rohith Vemula. ABVP is of the opinion that the suicide was due to instigation and provocation by persons near and dear to him,” they alleged.According to the ABVP leaders, the ASA members held protests against the hanging of Mumbai-blasts convict Yakub Memon on August 3, 2015 at the HCU campus, and the next day they manhandled its member Susheel Kumar.”Only a CBI inquiry into the murky affairs of JAC would reveal the truth. We dare JAC to agree for the enquiry into the affairs of ASA/SFI/JAC from August 4, 2015 till date,” they added.”On the expose by Sahu, ABVP would like to declare that there is no need to induce any person. The truth is bound to come out on its own,” the ABVP leaders asserted.ABVP further demanded that the “fake” agitation must be stopped by JAC and it should vacate the space occupied by them at shopping complex (on HCU premises) and allow students to focus on their studies.Members of JAC for Social Justice at HCU had on Friday refuted Sahu’s allegations that the JAC was funded by Congress and Left parties, and said that they were supported financially by students and faculty members. They also demanded his resignation from the post of general secretary of the Students Union (SU) of the HCU, and threatened to get him impeached if he failed to do so.Vemula, who was associated with the Students Federation of India (SFI), before joining ASA, was found hanging in a hostel room on HCU campus on January 17. JAC has been demanding removal of HCU Vice Chancellor Podile Appa Rao, who is amongst those booked for abetment of the Dalit scholar’s suicide.

West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh calls Jadavpur University girls ‘shameless’

West Bengal’s BJP President Dilip Ghosh sparked a major controversy after he termed Jadavpur University girls ‘shameless’ on Saturday. “Jadavpur University girls are shameless. They have filed baseless complaints of molestation. They lean on boys and then complain of molestation. If they are so scared of their self-respect, why do they have to go the university?” Ghosh asked.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ghosh was speaking at a presser held at the party’s headquarters in Kolkata.The statement by Ghosh comes in the wake of the Jadavpur University students filing a complaint of molestation against a few ABVP supporters.
ALSO READ SFI accuses ABVP of ‘unleashing reign of terror’ in Jadavpur UniversityThis is not the first time that the saffron brigade has raised questions on Jadavpur University students. On Monday, during a counter-rally organised by the supporters of ABVP, the wing secretary Subir Haldar threatened to chop off Jadavpur University students’ legs if they dared to step out of the university. “These students have converted this university into a centre of disturbance and anti-national activities. We will chop their legs if they dare step out of the university,” Haldar had said.On May 6, clashes were reported when filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri entered the campus for screening of his movie Buddha in a Traffic Jam. He was shown black flags by the university students and his car was gheraoed. Despite denial of permission to hold the screening at Triguna Sen Bhawan, Agnihotri decided to screen the film on campus premises.
ALSO READ Massive showdown at Jadavpur University gates during ABVP rally When Agnihotri began the screening, university students started screening another film Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai close to where he was holding the screening, eyewitnesses informed. Minutes later, two student groups – several ABVP supporters accompanying Agnihotri and the university students – got into a scuffle, resulting in the clashes. According to sources, four outsiders were then marked and taken to the Aurobindo Bhawan and kept hostage. Students claimed that the four outsiders had allegedly molested two students amid the clashes and they could only be handed over to the police.While the four were kept hostage, the VC and the registrar PK Ghosh rushed to the campus late on Friday night. On the other hand, hearing that the four outsiders were affiliated to the ABVP, BJP leader Roopa Ganguly reached the campus. However, she was not allowed to enter the campus. Another stand-off ensued between the BJP supporters and the students.Later, the police intervened and the four were handed over to them.

Massive showdown at Jadavpur University gates during ABVP rally

Massive clashes took place near the Jadavpur University gates as ABVP supporters stopped by the police from marching towards the gates. ABVP supporters had organised a counter-rally against the Jadavpur University students, who had taken out a huge rally a day ago against the alleged attack on them by ABVP supporters. The rally began from Gol Park and were to march to the Jadavpur 8B bus stand and register their protest against the Jadavpur University students. However, the police barricaded the stretch and barred them from going near the university. These rallies and counter-rallies come in the wake of a major clash that took place between the university students and ABVP supporters amidst the screening of Vivek Agnihotri on campus.

Amit Shah displays PM Modi’s BA and MA degrees, asks Kejriwal to apologise

BJP President Amit Shah addressed a press conference on Monday to have the last word on PM’s degree row. He alongside Arun Jaitley displayed PM Modi’s BA and MA degrees. Over the last few days, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has raised the issue prominently alleging that PM Modi doesn’t have any BA degree from Delhi University. Visibly chuffed Amit Shah today slammed Kejriwal after showing PM Modi’s degrees to the media. He said that it is unfortunate that this issue was raked up so much and expressed regret about ‘declining state of political discourse’ in the country. He asked Arvind Kejriwal to apologise to the nation for levelling baseless allegations. Amit Shah said that the degrees will be put on public domain and one copy of it will also be sent to Kejriwal to reassure him. Speaking later, Arun Jaitley said that this is example of how low political discourse has gone in the country. Taking jibe at AAP, he said the issue is raised by a party whose leaders are being prosecuted for false degrees. He also recollected the years when PM Modi used to come to Delhi to appear for exams and stayed in the ABVP office. Union Finance Minister said it is no mean feat for a person coming from a low strata to pursue education and party which speaks about welfare of aam aadmi should understand it. Jaitley slammed Kejriwal for ‘irresponsible’ behaviour and said ‘politics of adventurism’ is being treated as substitute of governance. Jaitley said that they are showing the degree to end discourse about non-issues. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upping the ante regarding the row over PM Modi’s educational qualification, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal earlier had written a long letter to DU’s VC filled with explosive allegations.In the letter, he said, “From last few days there is huge controversy over PM Modi’s degree. There are questions whether he indeed passed BA degree from DU. Some reports suggest he hasn’t done it. According to sources neither admission form, nor marksheet, no certificate or any other record is present with DU. This is a serious matter because Gujarat Univ is saying that he has done MA from there. So if he hasn’t done BA, how did he do MA?”Three Aam Aadmi Party leaders last week met Delhi University authorities to seek proof of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s graduation degree and claimed that the varsity asked them to approach PMO for the information. The AAP leaders’ visit to the university came a week after the Central Information Commission directed DU and Gujarat University to provide the information to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had recently criticised the functioning of the transparency panel.Gujarat University earlier said PM has MA degree and scored 62.3% as an external student of the varsity. The party leaders including Ashutosh, Raghav Chadha and Ashish Khetan had gone to DU with an authorisation letter from the CM to collect the information.

Kanhaiya jibes at Irani, calls her “anti-rational” mother in open letter

New Delhi: JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is out on bail in a sedition case, on Sunday wrote an open letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani on occasion of Mother’s Day and asked how can a “mother” punish her children on basis of biased probe reports and doctored videos.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTIJNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI

Referring to the university investigation report of the controversial 9 February event during which anti-national
slogans were allegedly raised, Kanhaiya, who has been attacking Irani for her reference to all students as her
children, said in the letter, “we are trying hard to study in the warmth of your motherly love. Under your reign, we are learning how to study despite police canes and hunger”.

In an open letter with sarcastic overtones, the 29-year-old researcher referred to Irani as “anti-rational” mother of “anti-nationals” and extended her Mother’s day wishes on behalf of students.

“Today a friend sent asked me how under Mr Modi’s regime — where besides our own mother, we also have Mother Cow,
Mother India, Mother Ganges and Mother Smriti — how could Rohith Vemula die. I am asking you this because I have no answer. The same anti-national friend also said that Mother Smriti’s ministry sent several letters to punish Rohith and was also responsible for withholding his fellowship for seven months,” he said in the letter.

“In a great country like India, can a mother force drive her child to suicide? Can a mother accept punishments on her children based on doctored videos and a biased probe? Your children, starving for 11 days, are asking you this question. Please reply, if you find the time. The friend also called you an ‘anti-rational mother of anti-nationals’. I hope you will prove this allegation false in your factual reply,” he said.

Meanwhile, the indefinite hunger strike by JNU students in protest against the punishments awarded by university in
connection with the Afzal Guru event, entered 11th day on Sunday.

Kanhaiya had withdrawn from the fast last week after his health deteriorated and he had to undergo treatment for
dehydration and ketosis at AIIMS. So far, six students have withdrawn from the strike while 14 others are still continuing with their fast.

In celebration of mother’s day at JNU, various mothers residing on campus and outsiders including an 80-year-old
wheel chair bound woman, joined the fasting students by going on a one day hunger strike in solidarity.

ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, who was complainant of the 9 February event and has been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic, started a donation campaign today to pay his penalty.

“I have been penalised for protecting ‘bharat mata’ and standing up against the anti-nationals. So on Mother’s Day, we have started a campaign in support of protecting the dignity of Mother India. I am requesting people to donate one rupee in my Paytm account,” Saurabh, who is lone ABVP member in JNU students body said in a statement.

Saurabh along with four members of ABVP, who had also gone on hunger strike last week, called off their stir on
Wednesday claiming they have got an assurance from the JNU administration that their demands will be considered.

The JNU administration had appealed the students and teachers to not invite outsiders saying it might vitiate the
academic atmosphere and peace on campus. The administration also asked the students to refrain from using “direct or indirect coercive measures and come forward for dialogue and discussion”.

Terming the hunger strike to be an “unlawful activity” JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar had also appealed to the students last week to put forward their demands using “constitutional” means and asked them to come for a “dialogue” to resolve the matter.

Two other students — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — were arrested along with Kanhaiya in the sedition case.

While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000, Umar, Anirban and a Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations.

PTI

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JNU VC asks students to use "constitutional" means, ABVP calls off hunger strike

Terming the ongoing hunger strike as “unlawful” activity by two groups of students against punishment given by JNU in connection with the February 9 event, Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar asked the students to put their demands using “constitutional” means, prompting ABVP to call off the fast.The administration called the students for a “dialogue” on seventh day of the strike in protest against the punishment in connection with the event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the left-affiliated groups termed the meeting to be “unfruitful”, members of ABVP claimed that the varsity agreed to their demand of “reconsidering” the punishment and hence they called off the indefinite fast and will continue with relay strike.”Hunger strike is an unlawful activity and a harmful method of protest that adversely affects the health and career of the students. The administration urges the students to use constitutional methods to put forth their demands, if any,” the VC had said in an appeal to the students this morning.”The administration believes in dialogue and discussion to resolve any issue affecting functioning of the varsity and urges students to immediately call off the strike and come for discussion,” Kumar added.While JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar complained of low BP yesterday, ABVP’s Saurabh Sharma was rushed to AIIMS after his glucose level dipped. Following separate meetings with the VC, the two groups issued statements about their future course of action.”The meeting with the VC was highly disappointing. The appeal by him to call off our hunger strike was a threat statement. How come a VC of a premier university of India defines hunger strike as an “unlawful” activity. Hunger Strike is a mode of protest under which no law of the land is violated,” the statement from left-affiliated groups said.”Our demands are clear and loud, its a do or die battle for us. We will continue our indefinite hunger strike till all the charges are scraped against the students,” it added.ABVP on the other hand said, “our main demand of reconsidering the charges against Saurabh Sharma has been accepted. We have got an assurance from the administration that the new order will be issued soon. We are calling off the indefinite fast but will continue with relay strike till demands are met”.Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were arrested in a sedition case in connection with the controversial event. They are out on bail now.While Kanhaiya has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of “indiscipline and misconduct”, Umar, Anirban and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated for varying durations.Financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students. Hostel facilities of two students have been withdrawn and the university has declared the campus out of bounds for two former students. Saurabh, who is the lone ABVP member in JNU Students Union, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic.

Nine months after the event, JNU serves show-cause to Anirban Bhattacharya

JNU student Anirban Bhattacharya, who has been rusticated from the university in connection with the Afzal Guru event, was served a show-cause notice by the varsity on Thursday for his alleged involvement in a screening of “Muzaffarnagar abhi baqi hai” which was held last August.”A complaint against you was received in Chief Proctor’s office in August, 2015. It has been alleged that you were involved in participation in screening of a documentary-film ‘Muzaffarnagar abhi baqi hai’ without permission of the administration near Godvari dhaba,” the notice read.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”You are directed to appear before the Proctor on May 4 and explain your position in this regard. You may also bring your evidence which you may wish to submit in your defence,” it added.Anirban along with JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid was arrested in a sedition case in connection with a controversial event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans have been allegedly raised. The trio are out on bail now.Based on recommendations of a university probe panel, Kanhaiya has been penalised with Rs 10,000 and Umar has been rusticated for one semester and slapped with fine of Rs 20,000.Anirban has rusticated from the university till July 15 and has been debarred from taking up any course or participating in any academic activity for five years beginning July 23. The eight-day window has been given to him for submission of his thesis, failing which he will have to start his PhD afresh at JNU, that too after five years.Reacting to the show-cause notice served to him nine months after the event, “there was an unfamiliar knock on the door. I was anticipating that they may come any time demanding that I vacate my hostel room as per the farcical order of rustication. But as I opened the door, I was honoured with, guess what, yet another notice from the proctor’s office”.Calls and text messages to the Proctor seeking his reaction on why the notice has been sent after so long and at a time when he has already been rusticated, went unanswered.While both Anirban and Umar were found guilty by the university of arousing communal violence and disrupting harmony on campus, the different punishments awarded to them have been justified as “based on previous record of conduct” by the university. Following protests by ABVP, JNU had in last August stopped the screening of documentary on the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots saying no permission was sought for the event.

DU college asks professor GN Saibaba not to visit campus citing law and order problems

DU professor G N Saibaba, who is out on bail in a case of alleged Maoist links, has been asked by Ram Lal Anand College to not enter college without prior permission as it creates “law and order” problems.In a letter sent to Saibaba, college principal Vijay Sharma has termed his recent visits to college “unauthorised and unwarranted conduct” and has warned him of action.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It has come to our knowledge that you have entered the classrooms of the college and held interactive session with the students. The Governing Body (GB) has taken serious note of your unauthorised conduct of entering the classes during suspension without any written permission,” the letter said.”Your entry inside the class is unwarranted as during suspension you are not required to teach the students. You are directed not to enter the college without permission as it creates law and order problems. Violation of this will be treated as misconduct and interference in activities of the college and you shall be liable for further action for the same,” it added.An English professor at Ram Lal Anand College, Saibaba was suspended from DU following his arrest by Maharashtra Police in 2014 for alleged Maoist links. He was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail for 14 months and granted bail in July 2015 after the court noticed his deteriorating health condition.However, the bail was cancelled and he was re-arrested in December last. The Supreme Court had earlier this month granted him bail saying Maharashtra government has been “extremely unfair” to him. He had written to college requesting for reinstatement of his services following which the GB has constituted a one-member committee to look into the issue.While the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) is supporting the 90 per cent disabled professor on the issue of reinstatement, a group of students led by members of ABVP is opposing it claiming the move will have a “bad influence” on students.Saibaba, had visited the college thrice last week, once to submit his letter and twice to attend a two-day college event. His visits were met with protests from members of ABVP who allegedly tried to attack him.

JNU row: Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri offers to pay fine for ABVP member

Director Vivek Agnihotri, who has claimed the plot of his film Buddha In A Traffic Jam is similar to the ongoing controversy at JNU, has offered to pay the fine imposed by university on ABVP member Saurabh Sharma in connection with the row.Vivek Agnihotri tweeted: “Dear @SaurabhJNU If the price of loving your country n opposing ‘Kanhaiyas’ then let me pay your fine of are 10000 as my support. #IAmBuddha”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>​To which ABVP replied: Saurabh had raised objections to the February 9 event on campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.The university administration had withdrawn the permission for the event on basis of his complaint but the organisers had gone ahead with the programme. He has been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 by the university after the probe panel found him “guilty” of blocking traffic on day of the event.Saurabh, along with four other members of ABVP, is sitting on an indefinite hunger strike alleging that the university has equated “nationalists” and “anti-nationals” while making the decision and are demanding that the punishment to Saurabh be revoked.Agnihotri and actor Anupam Kher had stroked a controversy last month when they had alleged that JNU refused to screen their film considering the present atmosphere at the campus, a charge denied by the university.There are three mechanisms for permission to screen any movie at JNU – at a students union event, administration event or during the academic calendar of varsity’s school of cinema studies.While Agnihotri had contacted the Cinema studies department, where he was told that the academic calendar for the semester was booked, no requests were made to other two bodies. ABVP had then arranged for a screening of the film on campus that took place amid shouting of slogans by Left-affiliated groups who gave Kher a thumbs down.

JNU row: Umar, Anirban rusticated, fine slapped on Kanhaiya and others by varsity’s internal enquiry committee

In a decision which could draw fresh battle lines between the administration and students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), varsity officials announced rustication of Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and a Kashmiri student named Mujeeb Gattoo, in connection with the event organised to mark the hanging of Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru. The decision was made by the high-level internal enquiry committee (HLEC), constituted to probe the February 9 incident where allegedly ‘anti-national’ slogans were raised during the event organised inside the campus. The HLEC has further said that the event organised by JNU students aroused communal and caste feelings.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar who was also charged with sedition and arrested along with Anirban and Umar in connection with the incident has however, not been rusticated. The university authorities have imposed a fine of rupees Rs 10,000 on him.
ALSO READ JNUSU rejects the punishment, says Kanhaiya Kumar after being slapped a fine by varsity”The committee has recommended rustication/fine for three students, withdrawal of hostel facilities/financial penalty for two students and only financial penalty for 14 students. Two former JNU students, moreover, have been declared out of bounds,” an official statement from the university read. According to HLEC, both Anirban and Umar have been found guilty of giving an undertaking in false pretext to hold the event named “Poetry Reading- A country without a post office”, for misinforming university officials, putting objectionable posters, being part of a procession where ‘objectionable slogans were raised’ and addressing the same procession at the Sabarmati ground.While Umar has been rusticated for one semester and a fine of Rs 20,000 imposed on him, Anirban has been declared out of bounds from the campus for five years after July 23, 2016. He has been rusticated till the period of July 15.Mujeeb Guttoo was found shouting objectionable slogans on February 9 by the varsity’s High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) report and has also been rusticated by the administration for two semesters.Other students named by the HLEC, including JNUSU general secretary Rama Naga and ex-JNU president Ashutosh Kumar, who were also accused of sedition by Delhi police, were asked to pay a fine of Rs 20,000. A total of 14 students have been fined. Two ex-students Banojyotsna Lahiri and Draupadi Gosh have been made out of bounds from campus for five years. ABVP leader Saurabh Sharma, who had complained against Kanhaiya and other students has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000.As soon as the announcement was made, a scathing response was launched by both the students’ body and teachers association, who have from the beginning questioned the eligibility of the HLEC itself. The committee became a target of the JNU teachers association for not including members belonging to the SC/ST community and also for its decision to suspend eight JNU students ‘arbitrarily’ and without conducting any enquiry. “The HLEC had suspended students based on statements by students belonging to ABVP. Isn’t this telling quite a bit about the way HLEC conducted its so-called enquiry?” a senior professor said. Later in the evening, a resolution regarding HLEC was passed in the JNU University General Body Meeting (UGBM). “This house rejects the HLEC formed by the JNU administration to look into the 9 February incident. The Constitution of the Committee is undemocratic and biased. Bypassing the Proctorial board and other democratic institutions, the Committee had handpicked anti-student members, most notably the head of the Committee who is in-charge of raising funds for the anti-reservation Youth for Equality. The committee had token additions to it, but no fresh enquiry was conducted. This house mandates the JNUSU to reject the HLEC and oppose any action against students based on the HLEC,” read the text by UGBM.While it remains to be seen whether the punishments meted out at the JNU students would be implemented, sources in the camps opposing administration told dna that the option of taking the administration to court would be considered. Reacting to the development, both Umar and Anirban, evoked Rohith Vemula, the Dalit research scholar who committed suicide in Hyderabad University last year.

DU professor Saibaba’s visit to college triggers altercation among students

Two groups of students for and against reinstatement of DU professor G N Saibaba, who is out on bail in a case of alleged links with Maoists, on Monday entered into an altercation when he went to Ram Lal Anand College in New Delhi to submit some documents.A police team deployed at the college reported the matter to the PCR team patrolling Delhi University’s (DU) South Campus area and soon officials from South Campus police station visited the spot, a senior official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An English professor at Ram Lal Anand College, Saibaba was suspended from DU following his arrest. He has requested for reinstatement, a move that resulted in a divide between a section of students and university teachers.
ALSO READ DU Prof GN Saibaba gets bail, SC reprimands Maha govt counsel for being ‘extremely unfair’ Police and college authorities then convinced the groups — one protesting against the request for reinstatement by Saibaba and the other supporting him — to maintain law and order in the institute. Saibaba came to the college to submit some documents. He even went to the staff room and later left safe, the official said.”The crowd dispersed after the confrontation which did not last long and no student was detained,” the senior official added.While the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) is supporting the 90 per cent disabled professor on the issue of reinstatement, a group of students led by members of ABVP is opposing it. The Supreme Court had earlier this month granted him bail, saying Maharashtra government has been “extremely unfair” to him.

JNU punishes rebels for sedition: Rs 10,000 for Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban rusticated

New Delhi: The JNU on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated three others for varying durations over their alleged role in the controversial 9 February event for which they were charged with sedition, an action which had sparked outrage and triggered protests.

Based on the findings of a high-level enquiry committee (HLEC), Umar Khalid has been rusticated for one semester and another leader Anirban Bhattacharya till 15 July. Umar has also been slapped a fine of Rs 20,000. Anirban has also been barred from JNU campus for a period of five years from 23 July.

Kashmiri student, Mujeeb Gattoo, has been rusticated for two semesters. A penalty of Rs 10,000 has been imposed on JNU students union (JNUSU) joint secretary Saurabh Sharma, the only ABVP member in the union.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban were arrested on charges of sedition in February in connection with the controversial event and are out on bail.

Their arrests had triggered widespread protests at JNU and many other universities, following which the Opposition had accused the government of attempting to stifle dissent.

While Umar and Anirban were blamed for “triggering communal violence” and “disrupting” communal harmony on the campus, Mujeeb was found guilty of participating sloganeering. Kanhaiya was pronounced guilty of indiscipline and misconduct.

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya. PTI

JNU students Umar Khalid (left) and Anirban Bhattacharya. PTI

Those who have been imposed fine of Rs 20,000 each include former JNUSU President Ashutosh Kumar, former general secretary Chintu Kumari, current General Secretary Rama Naga, Aishwarya Adhikari, former Vice President Anant Prakash Narayan and Gargi for “violating” dissciplinary norms.

The campus has been made out of bounds for two former students — Banojyotsana Lahiri and Draupadi — while hostel facilities of Ashutosh Kumar have been withdrawn for a year and Komal Mohite till July 21.

In his reaction, Kanhaiya said the punitive action announced by the authorities was “simply unacceptable” and that the students rejected it. The students will hold an “all party” meeting later tonight to finalise future course of action.

“We completely reject this farcical enquiry report, as it is based on sheer vendetta and a biased enquiry. These are all innocent students, coming from extremely humble and underprivileged backgrounds,” JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora said.

The JNU had constituted a five-member high-level enquiry committee to investigate the controversial event at the campus on February 9 and the panel had found some students guilty of violating disciplinary norms and disrupting communal harmony. on the campus.

An official of the JNU said financial penalty has been imposed on 14 students including Kanhaiya.

Anirban’s punishment is the harshest as he has been debarred from the university for five years.

When asked about punishment to Anirban, the official said, “During the period of rustication, the student ceases to exist on rolls of the university but has an option of joining back and re-enrolling in the same course after period of rustication is over.

“However, following debarment from the university for a period the student cannot enroll in any course or join any academic activities on campus,” the official said.

He said while Umar and Gattoo will have the option of resuming their courses once the period of rustication is over, Anirban has been given a window of a week (July 16-23) to complete his thesis.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. AFP

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. AFP

“If he is unable to do so, he will not be able to seek an extension or re-enroll as he has been debarred from university for five years on completion of that week. If his PhD is not completed during this period he will not be able to do it from JNU for five years however he can enroll at some other university,” he said.

The official said disciplinary measures have been taken for not following university procedures, misinforming the university, misconduct and indiscipline, causing and colluding in the unauthorised entry of persons into the campus, putting up objectionable posters, arousing communal, caste or regional feelings and creating disharmony, blockade or forceful prevention of any normal movement of traffic and violation of security, safety rules notified by the university.

The committee imposed the fine on Sharma, who had objected to the event, for blocking traffic on the day it happened. Surprisingly, Aishwarya whose name was not mentioned in the report, has also been imposed the financial penalty.

“A farce is what this enquiry has been made from day 1 to witch-hunt students and punish them by hook and crook. I want to tell the VC that his friend Appa Rao did the same in Hyderabad university but our friends fought back. We will also do the same,” said Umar.

A senior university official said, “Based on the report of the high-level committee which arrived at its conclusion based on depositions, perusal of video clips (provided by JNU security and authenticated by forensic tests), and examination of documents on record, the university has decided to rusticate three students.

The report of the five-member panel has underlined lapses on part of administration and taken into account the role of outsiders in the event. However, no action has been taken against any administrative official.

“As per the committee findings, application for holding this event circumvented the permission process and the organisers disobeyed the instructions from the administration not to hold it and that amounted to wilful defiance,” the JNU official said.

Following the preliminary report of the committee, the university had suspended eight students. However, their suspension was revoked when the panel submitted it report on March 11.

Slamming the authorities for the action against the students, Shora said,”They are all dedicated activists and this is a conspiracy to crush anti-Modi voices.

“Not only will we not remain silent against this anti-people government, we will also challenge this sham of a report. The punishments are all based on one-sided statements from ABVP members, and our repeated calls to conduct a fair enquiry were ignored.”

Accusing the Vice Chancellor of “taking directions” from the Centre and acting as an “RSS loyalist”, she said the students will launch a countrywide campaign to “expose” the government’s “anti-student and anti-Dalit” character.

“Rakesh Bhatnagar, the head of the committee, is the treasurer of anti-reservationist Youth for Equality, and most students who have been punished belong to Dalit, Muslim and backward castes,” she said.

ABVP’s Sharma said punishments announced by JNU is a “compromise and not penalty”.

“Penalising me for blocking traffic for stopping the event is injustice,” he said.

JNU students write to President: Rename library, convention centre and stadium

JNU students who are members of BJP’s student wing ABVP have written to President Pranab Mukherjee and HRD Ministry demanding that the university’s library be renamed after BR Ambedkar, the convention centre after APJ Abdul Kalam and stadium ground after Birsa Munda.ABVP, which is locked in ideological battle with the left-backed groups on JNU campus, had last week approached the university administration demanding that the Central Library be renamed as BR Ambedkar library and a statue of the architect of Indian Constitution be installed there.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We demand that the library be renamed after BR Ambedkar, convention centre after late President APJ Abdul Kalam and the stadium ground be named after freedom fighter Birsa Munda. We also want the statues of the three visionaries be installed at the respective places,” JNUSU Joint Secretary Saurabh Sharma, who is the lone ABVP member in the student body said in the letter.The letter has also been sent to Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar demanding that the matter be placed before varsity’s Executive Council (EC).”This will be recognition of these personalities in the conscience of the nation,” the letter further said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Clash between 2 students’ groups in BGSB University in Rajouri

Clashes have broken out between two groups of students in BGSB University in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.Four vehicles have been torched, the police said.More details are awaited.NIT, Srinagar, has been at the centre of a row since April 1 when clashes had erupted out between outstation and local students on the campus following India’s defeat to West Indies in the World T20 Cup. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The situation worsened on April 5 when outstation students tried to take out a march outside the campus but were stopped by the police, leading to violence including vandalism by students and lathicharge by police.The delegation of NIT Srinagar students was also accompanied by some Delhi-based ABVP student leaders including JNU student union joint secretary Saurabh Sharma and DU student union president Satender Awana. “About the issue of security on campus, the minister said that law and order is not under her purview but she will raise the matter with the Home Ministry. She also assured that a committee will be set up to inquire into allegations against the administration and those found guilty will not be spared,” said Sharma after the meeting.With agency inputs.

HCU’s schism between quest for global excellence and political discords is a cat with many lives

Hyderabad: If Charles Dickens had ever sought to create a university campus in India for a novel, his heightened imagination would have more likely created the Hyderabad Central University (HCU); with raging social battles as a theme for the grand canvas, and its two faces – Dr. Jekyll is rated forth among the top 10 universities in the country, while Mr. Hyde reveals deep rooted caste and political divide across all sections of this academic paradise.

File photo of protesting students at HCU. PTI

File photo of protesting students at HCU. PTI

In true form, the varsity was in news in the last week with over five episodes of the ongoing saga – students protesting in anticipation of a varsity move to demolish a ‘Rohit Smarak Stupa’, being named by a Union HRD survey as number 4 in top 10 universities, its Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile’s papers revealed as plagiarized and continued conflict at the gate, with the police disallowing outsiders into the campus and students continuing to seek the sacking of the V-C.

Yet again, last afternoon and evening were tense on campus, with Prof Appa Rao conducting an Academic Council Meeting, where the Controller of Examinations, Prof V Krishna, resigned from his post in protest and police held students.

Transformation of campus

A group of seven alums, which passed out over 25 years, and whose members hold a wide range of impressive positions in life, invited me for an informal coffee meeting, expressing sadness over the developments.

“We had political differences and belong to various castes, including Dalit. We had our kind of student politics – we would meet on the lawns and different students would speak at a makeshift podium, bringing out issues. People voted for issues. Nobody pressurized anyone. No parties dominated the narrative. Open dissent was possible to popular viewpoints. And we did not call names for those who disagreed with us,” they explained. “We feel sad that our university is being dragged into controversies and confrontation. We can’t say who is right or what should be done, but surely, this must end.”

An alum with over three decades of connection in various capacities, including student, visiting faculty and faculty, narrated her connection, “Ask anyone who has been at HCU; they will reiterate this. It was a campus of academic, intellectual and personal freedom and space. We could choose our groups, or be alone, and do any kind of work. Look at the great work done at HCU, department by department, school by school,” she said, without wishing to be named. “We had the highest standards of academic discourse. Our exams are standards in integrity. Our classrooms are an answer to how education must be in our country.”

She is partly disillusioned today. “I have seen both sides of the conflict. Another faculty member showed me a hand-written proposal of a project Rohit Vemula wanted to pursue had the incident not happened. It was brilliant. When people say students come and party and mooch tax money – it is disgusting. Ask them to come and read Rohit’s proposal.”

When questioned about discrimination against Dalit, she is definitive. “A lot of it is because of lackadaisical attitude of the administration staff, which routinely delays processing fellows requests and closing on scholarships. But it is not based on caste. Increasingly, caste is being politicized – today faculty are afraid to mark a Dalit student as absent because they will come and start a protest. When every transaction and action comes under such colored scrutiny, we will lose the much needed freedom to instruct, develop, and give feedback.”

Barsha Panda, who leads Communications for Yahoo in India & Southeast Asia, said, “HCU was and I believe, continues to be the best of universities in India. My experience was transformational. I chose to join it, when I also had an admission in another prestigious institution. In our communication school, we saw our stream as a culmination of arts and thought – not cynical criticism or spin doctoring. We learnt the power of language, the impact of images. We presented case studies, made documentaries, worked in project teams. We also learnt approaches to acknowledging complex issues and problem solving, a learning which remains useful, even when applied beyond communications to business and life decisions. The faculty, across different schools and departments, was outstanding. Many, with global credentials – published and respected across campuses and countries. By teaching us an approach to thinking, and not necessarily prescribing what we think – I think the HCU campus prepared us for life. “

Caste discrimination narrative is Janus-faced

The narrative of an upper caste dominated university, driven by a saffron agenda to wreck and end the Left domination to seat the ABVP as force numero uno and reverse the uprising and awakening of the underprivileged, especially Dalits, which finds maximum media seconding, and coverage; ‘covers-up’ another side of how caste awakening and assertion has also become a political tool for a radicalized fringe seeking to become mainstay.

“Caste-based discrimination is too obvious a reality. We cannot deny it, nor wish it away. What has sidestepped past steps to normalize and neutralize such trends is a radicalization based on caste as a political agenda, which does not belong in an educational institution of excellence. Over the last decade, scholarly approach debate intellectual and ideological differences and positions has been replaced by a more militant identity assertion, which perceives every transaction of life through its prism,” said a political analyst, who did not wish to be named.

“Several of the Dalit scholars come from state-run social welfare residential schools reserved only for Dalits, which despite its merits, creates a segregation as well as alienation. These kids grow up unable to interact with people from other castes, even backward castes. They attribute every single reversal in life to discrimination and protest as only way to redress problems,” the analyst said. “The Dalits who are part of Left or right parties, like SFI or ABVP, are different in that they are work with or willing to fight it with others based on situation. These groups are losing a sense of society where we must all live together.”

V-C fiasco

Another senior faculty member, accused outside political interference as the principal cause of the changing scenario.

“Students will have political views; and differences. It is our asset – intellectual, social and political diversity. But once political leaders from outside begin to make interference – first the BJP leaders like Bandaru Dattatreya and MLC Ramachander who intervened in a pure-student matter, and then Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal arrived to take mileage. The big mistake was to make Appa Rao the V-C – he has neither academic stature, as demonstrated by the ‘slight and normal’ plagiarism he is guilty of and justifies; nor administrative astuteness – proved by his efforts to fortify an idyllic campus. He is a disgrace and his exit alone can begin any restoration of normalcy. Honestly, I have been here for most of my life – he is a disgrace.”

Student leader Dontha Prashanth, who was recently arrested and has been a key member of the agitation, is both a charismatic youth leader and a brilliant student. Quoting extensively from a wide range of historic and political contexts, he articulates the complex scenarios of the campus with dexterity.

“We are not stuck with assumptions; for example, unlike in FTII, we were not opposed to Prof Appa Rao from the start. Only after his guilty role became obvious in Rohit’s suicide, we are seeking his removal. Unlike a V-C or government, we students cannot afford a standoff – we need to move on. Our commitment to restoration of normalcy is paramount. But it cannot be at the cost of our dignity or justice. Remove the V-C, enact the Rohit Act and remove the cases against the students – normalcy will come not crawling but running,” he said.

Kerala connection

Several people hold the growth of the students from a particular region from Kerala as a foundation of disquiet.

“The campus violence by radical Left is a normal tradition in Kerala. When students from a region in Kerala started coming to HCU in ever-increasing numbers, the campus began losing its narrative of excellence. It is sick to paint a large community in one color – but a large section of these students have resorted to creating a constant situation of strife. Tea in the morning is not hot enough – protest. Water supply is low – protest. Vandalize and protest. And create a constant victimhood in those who are struggling to come out of social divides with academic excellence.”

It is often these radicals who have attacked and humiliated non-teaching staff, creating a simmering discontent.

A Dalit staffer in the mess spoke of a truth no one cares to report. “I am also a Dalit, and a Malbari student leader abused and spit on my face. Everything is an ammunition for politics for them. We don’t intervene about these things, but now they are accusing our strike of being motivated by a quest for land or benefits the VC may give us. We have served the institution for so many years, and in the past students were respectful and affectionate. When alums come back, they still come and meet us first.”

“Can I not register cases against them under the Prevention of Atrocities against SCs/STs? We have suffered enough thinking – after all, these are young people, hot-blooded and hot-headed. But for how long?” he asked. “We have never looked at students as different because they are from different places, but is it wrong to expect to be treated well for our age and service? Now some of them call us Dalit Drohi for speaking out.”

Silent majority

The protests and the movement has less then 10 percent of the students on campus joining in – and while a large number of students support their fellow students, they want it to end. Three Dalit students who spoke to Firstpost from the sciences stream, supported the protests being led by the Humanities and Social Sciences stream but feel they have to move on.

“What happened with Rohit is very sad but we have to move on. Student have a political right but we have an equally important right in wanting to refocus on pursuit of excellence we are known for. We are silent because we are in the labs and classrooms, not at the gate talking to the media hawks. First, you guys go away. Normalcy will come if you stop making headlines out of everything.”

With over 95 percent attendance, exams around the corner, the police keeping out outsiders, including the media and politically-inclined trouble-spot-tourists, HCU is working hard to find balance, with significant caste and social issues to solve; and to restore a nation’s faith that nothing but quest for academic excellence shall reign. No matter how deep the controversy of the day, alum after alum express faith the varsity will rise up and above soon.

“There are few easy solutions,” said the political analyst. “Inviting alum back to speak to the students would be one good way – after all, no matter what the divide, they will all possibly listen to their seniors.”

Sriram Karri is the author of the acclaimed bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation.

Now, students’ group from Pune’s Ranade college invites Kanhaiya Kumar for talk

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday accepted an invitation extended by a students’ group in the city to take part in a discussion here. He also expressed solidarity with the students and called RSS and its affiliates as “anti-constitutional”.Speaking to media over the phone during a press conference organised by All India Students Federation and other organisations here, Kumar assured the students from Ranade Institute (Pune University’s journalism college), Fergusson College and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) that he will go to any city where students’ rights were being suppressed and will stand by them. “I express my solidarity and support for students community who have been fighting in Pune,” he said during his brief phone conversation with reporters here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The situation in the country is very serious as the government is trying to snatch away the rights and freedom of students, he said. “We have to get united against forces like RSS, ABVP and Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) to safeguard the democratic values and Constitution. ABVP, BJYM are the sections of RSS and are anti-Constitutional and against the judicial system, and trying to suppress students’ voice in India,” he said.After the fracas at Fergusson College here during an ABVP-organised discussion on ‘Truth of JNU’, wherein a BJYM leader allegedly threatened the students of Ranade Institute that they would be thrashed if they invited Kumar, students from these two institutes and those from FTII came together and formed a joint forum to invite Kumar here. Dates of Kumar’s visit would be soon decided, local AISF members said.

We have to unite against forces like RSS, ABVP and BJYM to safeguard the Constitution: Kanhaiya to students in Pune

Pune: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on Monday accepted an invitation extended by a students’ group in the
city to take part in a discussion in Pune.

He also expressed solidarity with the students and called RSS and its affiliates as “anti-constitutional”.

Speaking to media over the phone during a press conference organised by All India Students Federation and other organisations in Pune, Kumar assured the students from Ranade Institute (Pune University’s journalism college), Fergusson College and the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) that he will go to any city where students’
rights were being suppressed and will stand by them.

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar.IBN LiveA file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar.IBN Live

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar.IBN Live

“I express my solidarity and support for students community who have been fighting in Pune,” he said during his brief phone conversation with reporters in Pune.

The situation in the country is very serious as the government is trying to snatch away the rights and freedom of students, he said.

“We have to get united against forces like RSS, ABVP and Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) to safeguard the democratic values and Constitution. ABVP, BJYM are the sections of RSS and are anti-Constitutional and against the judicial system, and trying to suppress students’ voice in India,” he said.

After the fracas at Fergusson College here during an ABVP-organised discussion on ‘Truth of JNU’, wherein a BJYM
leader allegedly threatened the students of Ranade Institute that they would be thrashed if they invited Kumar, students from these two institutes and those from FTII came together and formed a joint forum to invite Kumar here.

Dates of Kumar’s visit would be soon decided, local AISF members said.

PTI

Hyderabad local court grants bail to 25 university students, 2 faculty members

Hyderabad local court grants bail to all 27 accused (25 students and two faculty members) arrested in connection with vandalism of Hyderabad University VC’s lodge.The Hyderabad local court granted bail to all accused on one-time surety of Rs 5000. They also have to appear before police station once a week. Earlier, angry students had staged protests against Vice Chancellor Podile for going on leave during the ruckus created in the wake of the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula. A case was registered against 27 students including two faculty members of the university in connection with the incident. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Podile was under fire for his handling of the suspension of the five Dalit students, one of whom, Rohith Vemula, committed suicide on January 17. Demanding the vice chancellor’s resignation, the students had demanded his resignation. Vemula, 26, had hung himself in his hostel room at the university campus in January, five months after being suspended for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader.Meanwhile, the HCU has constituted a seven-member committee to hold dialogue with the agitating students to restore normalcy on the campus. The panel would discuss with student representatives the matters that are negotiable from the list of demands submitted by them to the university, an HCU release said here.The committee would ask the JAC and the students’ union to nominate two members each before starting the dialogue to break the existing impasse. The committee, chaired by Prof B Kamaiah, Dean, School of Economics, and comprising six other members from different departments of HCU, shall submit its report within six weeks.Classes at Hyderabad University resumed on Monday, days after students staged protests against Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile. Registrar M. Sudhakar Rao said that the situation within the university complex was found to be conducive for resumption of classes.

Fergusson College row: Police confirms anti-national slogans were not raised in campus

Police on Friday said that “anti-national” slogans were not raised at Pune’s Fergusson College campus on Tuesday after ABVP members and a group of Ambedkarite students got into a heated argument during an informal event on ‘Truth of JNU’.The college principal R G Pardeshi had written a letter to police stating that “anti-national” slogans were raised at the event, organised by ABVP, but he later withdrew it saying the reference to such kind of sloganeering in it was a “typographical error”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When the slogans were being shouted, our police personnel were present and according to their investigation, a total of 29 slogans were raised. Out of those, 14 slogans were raised by a group of students who belong to Ambedkarite Ideology Movement and 15 slogans were raised by ABVP members. None of the slogans was of anti-national in nature,” a senior police official said.Pardeshi expressed “regret” on Thursday over the letter which had caused a flutter with the reference to the sloganeering during the event in presence of JNU ABVP leader Alok Singh.In the wake of the letter, several Dalit organisations accused Pardeshi of “branding” students including Sujat Ambedkar, great-grandson of B R Ambedkar and son of former MP Prakash Ambedkar, as “anti-nationals”.On March 23, NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad was allegedly manhandled by a group of workers belonging to Bhartiya Janata Yuwa Morcha and some right-wing organisations in the college campus.”According to our report, there were total 29 slogans raised by both the groups. ABVP raised total 15 slogans which include ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’ and the counter group raised total 14 slogans such as ‘Jai Bhim’, ‘Manuwad se azadi’, ‘RSS se azadi’, ‘Kanhaiya Kumar Zindabaad’, ‘Kitne Rohit maronge, har ghar se Rohit nikalega’. We then concluded a report with a note that though 29 slogans were raised, none of the slogans was ‘anti-national’ in nature, and submitted it (the report) to higher officials,” the officer said.He said there was no question of sending this report to the college authorities since they have already retracted on their letter, demanding police action for raising “anti-national” slogans.