JNU Students Gearing Up For More Protests

NEW DELHI: With the controversy over Afzal Guru event at JNU still going on, the varsity’s students are gearing up for more protests especially against the series of showcause notices served to students on different issues.

The students have already termed the showcause issued to them in connection with the February 9 event as “weird”. The notices issued regarding the Manusmriti burning have also met the same response from students.

The latest being the showcause to Jitendra Kumar of School of Languages, who has been served the notice for writing on the administrative building.

According to students, Mr Kumar wrote “Jai Bhim” on one of the pillar of the administrative block. “JNU administration has started issuing showcause notices for everything and anything ‘as per its whims and fancy’. Latest being the show-cause for writing Jai Bhim on the walls. Tomorrow they will show-cause to me for talking to the students and demonstrating here,” said JNU Students Union General Secretary Rama Naga who is among those charged with sedition over the February 9 event.

Students will gather at 2.30 pm tomorrow at the administrative block to protest against the showcause notice based on the alleged “biased high level enquiry report, for burning the Manusmriti and for the other show-causes, none of which has spelled out any specific reasons.”

Meanwhile, the JNU students union today burnt effigies of Jharkhand government against the murder of two cattle traders in Jharkhand.

“Yet another heinous crime by the right-wing forces who have taken the lives of Mohammad Majloon and Inayatullah Khan in the name of ‘Gau Raksha’. How many people have to sacrifice their lives in the name of cow, the central and state govts have to answer it,” Mr Naga said.

Also, the university’s Executive Council meeting has been convened tomorrow where the appointment of the new registrar and the report of the high level enquiry on the February 9 incident is likely to be reported.

The students are going to protest in the afternoon as the Election Commission meeting will also happen at the same time.