Jawaharlal Nehru University administration has issued show cause notices to 20 students including sedition accused Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, seeking explanation for the alleged “illegal confinement” of Vice Chancellor and other officials in the varsity building.
Reportedly, a group of agitating students had confined the VC and other senior officials in the administrative building for over 20 hours last month citing alleged inaction on the administration’s part in locating missing student Najeeb Ahmed.
“Twenty students including Kanhaiya and Umar have been sent notices over the illegal confinement and have been asked to depose before the Proctorial committee which is probing the issue after a complaint was received from the university’s Chief Security Officer,” a senior varsity official said to media.
Talking to Narada News, Umar Khalid said, “JNU administration on one hand is shielding those people who attacked Najeeb, which is not surprising as the accused are from ABVP, and at the same time they are intimidating and sending show cause notices to those who are protesting on this issue. We consider these show cause notices as badges of honour. The VC firstly has the responsibility for the students and the teachers, but he shows loyalty to the head office in Nagpur. ”
Najeeb Ahmed, 27, M.Sc. student of School of Biotechnology, hailing from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh, went missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with the members of ABVP, the night before.
In more than a month of missing of Ahmed, JNU students and teachers have been agitating against the university administration and Delhi Police for their failure to locate the missing student. It was on the directive of Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister to Alok Kumar Verma, Delhi Police Commissioner that a SIT was formed last month to trace the missing student. However, the result was unfruitful as SIT failed to get any actionable clues in the matter.
Later, the case had been transferred to Delhi Police’s Crime Branch. The university panel probing the incident of October 14 following which Najeeb went missing had found ABVP members guilty of assaulting him. However, no disciplinary action has been taken yet.