JNUSU condemns ‘divisive slogans, media trial against Umar Khalid’

Kanhaiya, Rama Naga attend campus meeting held late Monday, ABVP boycotts it.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published: March 9, 2016 2:49 am
Kanhaiya Kumar at JNU Tuesday.  (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna) Kanhaiya Kumar at JNU Tuesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

In a meeting held late Monday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) unanimously passed resolutions condemning the “destructive and divisive slogans” that were allegedly raised during an event in campus on February 9.

The student body also condemned the “witch-hunt and media trial that has particularly targeted Umar Khalid based on his immediate religious identity.”

“The JNUSU reiterates its condemnation of the destructive and divisive slogans that were allegedly raised on the 9th of February. Such slogans do not represent the democratic ethos of JNU and are detrimental in the united struggle against the communal-fascist forces,” the JNUSU said in one of the resolutions.

“This council demands the immediate release of Umar and Anirban. It condemns the witch-hunt and media trial that has particularly targeted Umar Khalid based on his immediate religious identity. This Council gives the mandate to file defamation suit against those who have maligned JNU as an institution or JNU students and faculty members,” other resolutions passed by the JNUSU read.

The meeting was attended by 18 council members from seven different schools including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, general secretary Rama Naga and vice-president Shehla Rashid Shora.

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Councillors of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) boycotted the meeting.

“The meeting was called by Rama Naga. He is facing sedition charges and has also been debarred from JNU in addition to facing a proctorial enquiry. He has no authority to call a council meeting in the face of such charges and discrepancies,” said JNUSU joint-secretary and ABVP member Saurabh Sharma.

Meanwhile, the council also passed resolutions condemning the alleged role played by the ABVP, Sharma, some media houses and Delhi Police in the incident. They also asked for the resignation of Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi.

“From the beginning, unravelling the true facts of the matter has not been the intention of Delhi Police. Rather, they were merely interested in witch-hunting of students and to act as loyal foot soldiers of RSS. This council demands the resignation of Bhupinder Zutshi for his collaborative role in targeting JNU, along with the ABVP and BJP,” stated the JNUSU resolutions.

The organisation also passed resolutions demanding the “immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the suspension of eight students” and reconstitution of the high-level inquiry committee. Resolutions were also passed on the Rohith Vemula issue and against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

“This council condemns the role of ABVP, the University of Hyderabad administration, BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya and HRD Minister Smriti Irani in the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula. This council mandates the JNUSU to carry forward the struggle of justice for Rohith Vemula,” stated a resolution.

“This Council reiterates its demand to scrap AFSPA, stop human rights violations against minorities, adivasis and Dalits,” stated another resolution.

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