Students protesting against registration were the first to resort to violence and vandalism in the campus: JNU Registrar
New Delhi: After Sunday’s orgy of violence, the JNU registrar has issued a press statement stating that the University administration strongly condemns any form of violence in the campus.
It is unfortunate that a group of students with their violent means of protests have been preventing thousands of non-agitating students from pursuing their academic activities, the University has said adding the JNU administration feels great pain and anguish for the students who have sustained injuries in this violence and the university adminitration will not tolerate any form of violence on the campus.
The violators of University rules who are trying to distrupt the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus will not be spared, the University administration has said while making an appeal to all the stakeholders of the University to maintain peace in the campus and not to get provoked by any misinformation.
- Official University Version
From 1 January 2020, the Winter semester registration was going on smoothly.
- On 3 January, a group of students opposing the registration process entered the Communication and Information Services (CIS) premises, covering their faces with masks and forcibly evicted the technical staff and made the servers disfunctional.
- This led to the discontinuation of the registration process on 3 January. A police complaint was filed immediately identifying the students.
- On 4 January moming, the technical staff again made the CIS functional. Immediately, thousands of students started registering by paying the new hostel room rent. A group of students bent upong stopping the registration process, again entered the CIS premises with a criminal intent to make the servers disfunctional. They damaged the power supplies, broke the optical fibres and made the servers disfunctional again on 4 January around 1 PM disrupting the registration process. A police complaint was again filed against the miscreants.
- For the past few days, the group of agitating students also closed the buildings of some Schools preventing the non agitating students, staff and the faculty members. On 5 January, when the students who have registered in the winter semester wanted to enter these school buildings, they were physically prevented by the agitating students.
- Since 5 January aftenoon, the campus witnessed scuffles at the Schools as well as inside the hostel premises between the groups of students who wanted to stop the registration and those who wanted to register and continue their studies.
- Around 4.30 pm (5 January), a group of students, who are against the registration process moved aggressively from the front of the admin block and reached the hostels. The administration immediatedly contacted the Police to come and maintain law and order on the campus. By the time police came, the students who were for the registration process were beaten up by a group of agitating students opposting the registration.
- Some masked miscreants also entered the Periyar hostel rooms and attacked the students with sticks and rods. Some of the security guards doing duties at these places were also badly injured.
- During the last couple of weeks, these agitating students also vandalized the admin block and ransacked the office of the Vice Chancellor for which a few police complaints were filed.