A section of Delhi University teachers have written to President Pranab Mukherjee, demanding a “thorough investigation” into the incident on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on February 9, when “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised at an event to mark the third anniversary of the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
In its letter to the President, right-leaning teachers’ group National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) stated, “A thorough investigation of the happening of February 9 at JNU should be done. The probe should also be made about the circumstances and the elements which have led to such kind of anti-India activities… in a premier university in the heart of the country. To investigate the forces operative in the University… students are linking up with the banned organisations and groups.”
“Integrity and honour of our motherland is above all institutions, including JNU,” said the NDTF.
It added, “Therefore, all the actions in this case may be taken with that motive in mind. We don’t want that the University should get a bad name and must remain one of the premier universities of the country. Therefore, a comprehensive enquiry must be ensured so that the university as an academic institution be strengthened.”
Maintaining that “all miscreants” involved in the case should be punished severely, the organisation said, “It should also be ensured that everyone cooperates in judicial inquiry as the NDTF believes that it is a serious matter and all the miscreants involved must be punished severely. At the same time, it should also be ensured that innocent students are not inconvenienced.”
The group said since the incident pertained to “sedition”, political parties should “stand united as a division on this issue may send wrong message to terrorists and pro- separatists. Nation first, India first should be the motto.”
Meanwhile, members of the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) expressed “deep outrage at the claim of the university administration to the media that the video evidence” — of the February 9 event — was authentic even though its authenticity has been questioned and it has been sent for forensic examination.
Reacting to the statements made in Parliament about the JNU row, the varsity’s teachers’ association said, “The statements made about JNU were based on hearsay rather than facts. The truth is that there is no material evidence so far that has established guilt.”
“The High-Level Enquiry Committee was reconstituted only yesterday, so there is no question about any report from the committee. The fact is that the only evidence available, the video footage, is yet to be authenticated through even first level forensic examination,” said JNUTA president Ajai Patnaik.