Taking action against students who allegedly vandalised the campus over fee hike, Jawaharlal Nehru University administration has filed a complaint with the Delhi police on Thursday, according to PTI. Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said a complaint was filed at 11 pm on Thursday along with all video and photographic evidence. This has been confirmed by police on Friday stating that they have received a complaint and were examining it, according to PTI.
Sources report that the JNU office remains shut as of now, while protests still continue. Several students are allegedly sleeping outside the VC's office in protest. Sources further report that the students have planned another protest at 5 PM, while the police are yet to file an FIR in the case based on the complaint received.
Earlier on Thursday, a soon-to-be-unveiled statue of Swami Vivekananda on JNU campus was vandalised as student protests continued over the hostel fee hike despite a partial rollback. JNU released an official statement condemning the act and has assured strict action against the culprits. The statue, which is covered in saffron cloth, is located at the university’s administrative block. Meanwhile, JNUSU has distanced itself from the attack maintaining that that their movement is against the fee hike and the imposition of a draft hostel manual without consultation.
An undated video reportedly from the JNU campus has emerged, which shows students allegedly raising slogans of 'Azadi' once again, bringing back the memories of the 2016 episode which is currently sub judice. The video showing a group of students allegedly raising 'Azadi' slogans on the campus, comes at a time when the students of the have been staging a protest against the fees hike. Republic Media Network does not vouch for the authenticity of the video and the date is yet to be ascertained. The students are not happy with the partial rollback in hostel fees and other charges announced by the JNU administration on Wednesday and want a full rollback.
Earlier on Wednesday, according to a press note by the administration, the room rent for single-seater rooms will be kept to Rs 600 per month, while it will be Rs 300 for those students who come from the below poverty line (BPL) category. Similarly, the room rent for double seater rooms has been kept at Rs 300 per month for all while it is Rs 150 for eligible BPL category students. The BPL category students will also have to pay half of the service (mess and sanitation services etc) and utility (water and electricity) charges while the other students will have to pay it in full.
The refundable mess security has been left untouched at the existing Rs 5,500 mark instead of the proposed Rs 12,000, while the other charges too have been left untouched. The Executive Committee also decided to skip norms governing hostel life, which detailed entry timings of students and the dining hall rule in the new hostel manual. This rollback was initiated after students' violent protest for past two weeks.