United in protest: JNUSU, ABVP strike against rustication of students

The JNU Students' Union and ABVP are on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the rustication of students

FP Staff April 29, 2016 08:02:15 IST
The Jawaharlal Nehru University turned into an ideological battlefield after Kanhaiya Kumar and 19 other students were punished by a high-level committee in connection with the controversial 9 February event. The students began an indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday to demand revocation of the punitive action. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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The Jawaharlal Nehru University turned into an ideological battlefield after Kanhaiya Kumar and 19 other students were punished by a high-level committee in connection with the controversial 9 February event. The students began an indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday to demand revocation of the punitive action. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
Along with other students, five members of ABVP – BJP's student wing – are also on hunger strike since Tuesday demanding withdrawal of punishment orders for Saurabh Sharma, the JNUSU secretary and the lone ABVP member in JNU Students’ Union. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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Along with other students, five members of ABVP – BJP's student wing – are also on hunger strike since Tuesday demanding withdrawal of punishment orders for Saurabh Sharma, the JNUSU secretary and the lone ABVP member in JNU Students’ Union. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
"We had no faith in the probe committee. The inquiry was a sham and students have rejected it in our general body meeting. We will not abide by the punishment given to us," JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga said. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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"We had no faith in the probe committee. The inquiry was a sham and students have rejected it in our general body meeting. We will not abide by the punishment given to us," JNUSU General Secretary Rama Naga said. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
While JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of "indiscipline and misconduct", Umar Khalid (in picture), Anirban Bhattacharya and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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While JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 10,000 on grounds of "indiscipline and misconduct", Umar Khalid (in picture), Anirban Bhattacharya and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been rusticated. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, (in saffron kurta) who was the complainant in the case lodged over the event, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, (in saffron kurta) who was the complainant in the case lodged over the event, has also been slapped with a fine of Rs 10,000 for blocking traffic. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
Members of ABVP have alleged that JNU has failed to distinguish between nationalists and anti-nationals while deciding the punishment and has "criminalised" patriotism. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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Members of ABVP have alleged that JNU has failed to distinguish between nationalists and anti-nationals while deciding the punishment and has "criminalised" patriotism. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
The university officials, however, maintained that the decision has been made after thorough investigation by a five-member probe panel and the punishments have been announced in accordance with the varsity norms. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost
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The university officials, however, maintained that the decision has been made after thorough investigation by a five-member probe panel and the punishments have been announced in accordance with the varsity norms. Naresh Sharma/Firstpost