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The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) on Saturday alleged that the Delhi Police was informed about the presence of a mob inside campus much before the violence that took place on January 5.
The students’ body also said that as the “first step” towards resolving the deadlock, they were ready to register for the new semester by only paying the tuition fees and not the hiked hostel fees.
In a chronology of events which unfolded on the university campus between January 4 and 5, presented by the JNUSU, office bearers said that despite a message being sent out to the force around 3 p.m. on Sunday, no action was taken to prevent the violence.
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh who was also attacked by a masked mob during the violence said, “When I called them (police) I was told not to worry as all of them (alleged mob) had been removed. If that was indeed the case then how did the violence take place?”
The JNUSU office bearers while addressing the press also refuted charges put forth by the Delhi Police on Friday.
Reacting to the charges against her of “leading a mob” into the Periyar hostel, Ms. Ghosh said, “There was heavy stone pelting happening and there was no sign of any security personnel when we reached Periyar. What is the Delhi Police expecting? When we get SOS calls, is it not our responsibility to ensure safety of the students. The video is being zoomed into to treat me like a suspect.”
Terming the Delhi Police press conference which was held on January 10 as “fraud and bogus,” the JNUSU also claimed that there was a “clear conspiracy” and that the police, JNU administration and the ABVP were complicit in it.
“If you see how the rooms were targeted in Sabarmati, you will see that it is proof that ABVP was involved. Rooms which had ABVP posters were not attacked while the others were…,” the students’ body said.
Ms. Ghosh added, “When Najeeb disappeared the administration told the courts that there was no CCTV on campus. But now there are CCTVs right? Why can’t they show the footage?”
Regarding allegations against the protesting students of attacking the server rooms, the JNUSU said, “If the optical fibre and servers were down then how did students get a mail on January 5 from the official server,” while displaying screenshots of emails sent out by the administration on Sunday afternoon.
Maintaining that there demand for the current VC’s removal continues, Ms. Ghosh said, “January 5 has changed our lives immensely. We still love the university but it will take time to get over the trauma. This is why sacking the VC is the only option as he has no moral ground to continue. It is not about left versus right but about right versus wrong.”
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