Some students come to JNU only to play politics: Kiren Rijiju
Reacting to the locking up the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor over a missing student, minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said “It seems that some students go to JNU not for studying, but for doing politics only.”
The escalating protests in the university over a missing student Najeeb Ahmad turned volatile on Wednesday with students blocking the administrative building and locking up the vice-chancellor and other officials. The students were demanding an FIR in connection with the case of a student who is missing for five days.
Speaking to reporters, Rijiju said: “It is very wrong to confine the vice-chancellor and other officials of the university. JNU is a big institution. Students should concentrate on studies. They should carry all their activities within the frameworks of law and order.” He said he has spoken to Rajnath Singh about the incident.
Meanwhile, the Vice Chancellor Kumar has issued an ultimatum to students to let the administration work and said that he is determined to conduct the scheduled academic council, the highest policy making body, meeting at 2.30 pm on Thursday at a different venue.
Addressing a press conference, the vice chancellor said:”We have been confined illegally in the administration building since 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday). We had a series of meeting with the students explaining the number of steps that we have taken in search of the missing student. However the students are very adamant and not letting us go out of this building. They said they have several demands and the administration has to concede those.”
“One of the demands is that we should contact the police which we have already done. We have written several letters to the police and our officials are in regular touch with the police in search for Najeeb Ahmed. The other demand that was made is that the entire incident should be investigated. The chief proctorial office is already investigating and if anyone is found guilty we have assured the agitating students that they will be punished as per the university rules. Students also demanded from the administration to make an appeal to Najeeb to return which we already have done,” he added.
Meanwhile, Delhi police late on Wednesday announced a reward of Rs 50, 000 for any information on missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed.
The police, in an order said, any information or clue regarding the missing/abducted Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student could be given to the Station House Officer (SHO) of Vasant Kunj North police station.
A cash reward of Rs 50,000 would be given to anyone who gave information regarding Ahmed’s whereabouts, the police said.
The student went missing on October 15 night from the university hostel Mahi-Mandvi after a brawl with ABVP students.