Both the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) and the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) Tuesday “rejected” the punishments meted out to students by university authorities on the basis of the high-level enquiry committee’s report on the February 9 incident.
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The university had rusticated Anirban Bhattacharya until July 15, Umar Khalid for one semester and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gattoo for two semesters. A fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. Fines ranging between Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 were imposed on 14 students.
However, dismissing the HLEC report as “undemocratic”, the students refused to accept the punishment or pay the fine. Members of JNUSU burned copies of the HLEC report and also announced their decision to hold a protest march in campus Wednesday and a “fast unto death” after that.
“We wholly reject the committee, its report and the punishments and will not be following it… Tomorrow, we will march… and reclaim our Freedom Square, where we will begin an indefinite hunger strike,” said Kanhaiya.
The JNUTA also dismissed the report and, in a letter addressed to the VC, expressed its “strong protest against the unacceptable attitude of the administration”.