As protests continued to rage on at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) against the arrest of its students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, the university administration, in a public note, put forward its version of how events had unfolded over a protest demonstration on February 9.
Maintaining that it had the support of the “entire JNU community”, the administration said it was “doing everything possible to maintain peace and tranquility on the campus so that normalcy is restored”.
According to the administration, four students had sought permission to organise an event called “poetry reading — the country without post office”, at 5 pm on February 9.
The university administration said on that day, it received information that the poster of the event stated”… Against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, in solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination”.
“The vice-chancellor immediately convened a meeting of the registrar, chief security officer, dean of students and the chief proctor. Following the meeting, the dean of students told the CSO to inform the students organising the event that the permission for holding the event has been withdrawn,” the note read.
The university authorities said that despite repeated requests to not hold the event, the “organisers went ahead and organised the programme.”
On February 10, the day after the event, the university constituted a high-level inquiry committee, which recommended that eight students involved in the event should be debarred from academic activities.
The university administration said it was approached by Delhi Police on February 11, who said “anti-national” sentiments had been allegedly voiced by some students and sought permission to enter the premises. “Considering the serious nature of the alleged offence, permission was given to the police to investigate the matter as per the law of land,” the note said.