JNU incident a work of fringe sections, says Vice Chancellor

He issued an appeal asking people to go beyond the singular incident and return the campus to normalcy.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2016 2:44 pm
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While taking note of the seriousness of the ‘anti-India’ slogans that were raised on campus on February 9, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor on Friday suggested that it was the work of ‘fringe sections’ who ‘misused’ the freedom. He issued an appeal asking people to ‘go beyond’ the singular incident and ‘return the campus to normalcy’.

“All sections of the JNU community including representatives of the students, teachers and karmacharis have assured that they uphold the values and ethos of this University. It is an appeal to all sections to go beyond this incident and return the campus to normalcy,” JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar said in his statement.

He suggested that it was the work of ‘fringe sections’ which ‘misused’ freedom, and said the University would take steps to ‘protect’ the environment of ‘vibrant discussions’ in JNU.

“Along with the Deans Committee, the University takes serious note of the incidents on campus on the evening of February 9th. A high-level enquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and take appropriate action as necessary. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land,” the VC said in statements.

“However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided. While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for,” he added.

Meanwhile, Aparajitha Raja, leader of All India Students Federation (AISF) said Kanhaiya Kumar, JNUSU president, was picked up from the campus by two policemen in plainclothes. A Delhi Police bus is inside the campus.