New Delhi: The JNU administration, in its report to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on Sunday evening’s attack on its students and teachers, has said there was a scuffle between two groups of students during a meeting organised by the JNU Teachers’ Association — a claim denied by both teachers and students.
The ministry had asked JNU for a report after Sunday’s incident, and its officials also met representatives of the administration Monday to take stock of the situation.
ThePrint has accessed the report, which JNU submitted to the ministry Monday. The report narrates the chronology of events leading up to Sunday evening’s violence, and also links it to the protests against the hostel fee hike, which have been going on since October.
A ministry spokesperson confirmed to ThePrint that the JNU report had been received, but did not divulge any of its contents.
Administration’s chronology of events
“The JNU Teachers’ Association had organised a meeting in the campus on Sunday evening, when around 4.30 pm, a scuffle broke out between students who did not want to let others register for semester and those who wanted to register. After a while, information of masked mob being on the campus started coming in,” the administration states in the report.
However, JNUTA, had said Monday that there was no scuffle during its meeting, and whatever happened was an “attack”.
The administration’s report avoids mentioning ‘Left’ or ‘ABVP’ when it speaks about the groups of students in the context of Sunday, but, instead, addresses them as “students who did not want others to register” and “others who wanted to register”.
The administration goes on to state that after the “scuffle”, information started coming in about a masked mob inside the campus. It says the masked mob attacked students, and that is when the police was called in. During this time, the security guards also tried to save students, and also received injuries, the report says.
It mentions that due to the lack of CCTV cameras in hostel premises, the guards and administration could not get the information on the mob attack in time. The spot where the attack happened is in front of Sabarmati hostel.
Link to fee hike
The report mentions the sequence of events from October, when the protests against the fee hike started on campus. It says that initially, all students, irrespective of the affiliation, were protesting against the fee hike, but later, it says only “Left” students protested. After protesting against the semester examinations in December, it alleges they tried to disrupt the process of registration for the winter semester.
The administration also says that students tried to disrupt the process of registration by interrupting the electricity supply and internet connection in server rooms on 3 and 4 January.
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