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Chronology: Violence at JNU

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Jawaharlal Nehru University had come into the limelight in 2016 when several students of JNU were arrested for secessionist sloganeering inside the campus. The University is in the focus again for campus violence.

Over the past few months, groups of leftist students have been trying to outdo themselves on the violence scale. In fact, things reached a crescendo on 5 January 2019, when some of these student groups started storming hostels to target students and faculty mebers. Videos have been doing the rounds of one such unruly mob led by JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh entering the warden flats to vandalize them. Here is a chronology of the violent events as they have rolled out within the campus over the past few months.

  • 25 March 2019 – Mobs attack the Vice Chancellor’s house and raise slogan in front of his wife.
  • 28 October 2019 – Students attack the Dean Umesh Kadam and prevent him access to emergency services even as his health deteriorates.
  • 8 November 2019 – Students hold a female Professor hostage.
  • 9 November 2019 – Students detain faculty members and spouses, and deny them access to emergency services despite deteriorating health.
  • 22 November 2019 – Students prevent Professor from entering his department.
  • 18-19 December 2019 – Students lock down departments in the University campus and deny Professors access to their own offices and laboratories.
  • 3 January 2020 – Protesting students shut down internet services, thereby hampering the exam registration process for other students.
  • 5 January 2020 – Students engage in violence and mob attacks on those trying to register for exams. They also attack the campus residences of faculty members.

25 March 2019 – Mobs Attack the Vice Chancellor’s House

Students forcibly enter the house of JNU vice chancellor, M Jagadeesh Kumar. Around 500 students entered his house and surround his wife, shouting slogans.

28 October 2019 – Students Attack Dean; Prevent Him Access to Emergency Services

JNU students barge into the meeting of the Inter Hostel Administration committee, began sloganeering loudly, approached menacingly towards the dean of students (DoS). In this raucous atmosphere, DoS Umesh Kadam fell sick with alarmingly high blood pressure. However, the student protestors did not allow the ambulance to move towards the hospital for an emergency rescue of Mr. Kadam.

8 November 2019 – Students Hold Female Professor Hostage

Dr. Vandana Mishra, Associate Dean of Students was kept in illegal captivity by some JNU students for the whole day, even as her health was deteriorating.

9 November 2019 – Students Detain Faculty Members and Spouses – Resist Access to Emergency Services

JNU student protestors detained the in-charge lady Dean of Students and other faculty members and spouses. The wife of a senior faculty fainted; however, there was resistance to her being taken out to an ambulance.

22 November 2019 – Students Prevent Professor from Entering Department

Professor Anand Ranganathan and his colleagues are prevented from entering their office by protesting students, who had chain locked the entrance.

18-19 December 2019 – Students Lock Down Departments; Deny Professors Access

Professor Anand Ranganathan and Professor Gobardhan Das is blocked from entering their laboratories for days on a stretch. Protesting students put up barricades to prevent the entry.

3 January 2020 – Students Shut Down Internet Services; Hamper Exam Registration Process

Student protestors hamper the exam registration process Registrations are being prevented by students. Student protestors wearing masks forcibly switched off the power supply to make the “servers dysfunctional” and hamper the semester exam registration process.

(https://www.news18.com/news/india/jnu-admin-says-students-agitating-over-hostel-fee-hike-hampered-semester-exam-registration-process-2445105.html)

The students had also blocked the JNU Main Server Room, preventing the operation of internet services within the campus.

5 January 2020 – Students Engage in Violence; Attack Students and Faculty Members

Student protestors attacked ABVP members with rods and sticks. The ABVP members were facilitating the exam registration process for the applicants, which was opposed by the protestors.

Videos have also been doing the rounds of mobs entering faculty quarters and vandalizing them. In one such video a mob can be seen entering warden flats, led by the President of JNU Students Union Aishe Ghosh.

Protest Linked to the Fee Hike Issue

The protestors have been adamant about the fee hike issue, despite the university having undertaken a rollback to address the concerns of the poor students. Following this, several students have wanted to move on with their studies and register for the upcoming examinations necessary for academic progress. In fact, the Vice Chancellor had also met international students of JNU on 12 December 2019 and assured them of conducting the examinations on time.

However, a section of the students clearly decided that they will not let the situation to regain normalcy. They are still indulging in violence for their own political ends.

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