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Ready to Join JNU Attack Investigation: ABVP’s Komal Sharma

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Updated21 Jan 2020, 07:56 AM IST
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ABVP member Komal Sharma, who is suspected to be involved in the attack on JNU students and teachers on Sunday, 5 January, has finally come out with a letter to the head of the investigation team, saying that she is ready to join the investigation.

An SIT of the Delhi Police Crime Branch on Thursday, 16 January, summoned three suspects – Akshat, Rohit and Chunchun – to record their statements in connection with JNU violence that took place on 5 January, news agency ANI reported.

On Wednesday, Komal Sharma, who was also one of the suspects, moved National Commission for Women (NCW), complaining that her name has been maligned.

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  • Komal Sharma one of the suspects, moved National Commission for Women, complaining that her name has been maligned
    Acting on a petition of 3 JNU professors, Delhi HC has issued notices to Apple, WhatsApp and Google, asking them to preserve CCTV footage, conversations and other evidence related to the 5 January violence

  • Delhi Police is interrogating nine people it had sent notices to in relation to the violence
7:56 AM, 21 Jan

JNUSU Moves Delhi HC Over Late Fee for Winter Semester Registration

The JNU Students Union, on Tuesday 21 January, moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the Draft Hostel Manual. The plea has been filed by JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, and seeks directions from the court to restrict JNU authorities from imposing late fee on students for the winter semester registration.

12:00 PM, 20 Jan

82% Students Have Registered for the Winter Semester: JNU VC

Amid registration boycott by the students' union, Jawaharlal Nehru University administration on Monday said over 80 per cent of students have registered for the winter semester.

Out of 8,500 students at JNU, 82 per cent of students have cleared their hostel dues for winter semester registration as on Monday, the varsity's vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said.

The remaining students are also expected to complete their registration process since the registration is still open with a late fee, he said.

11:49 PM, 16 Jan

ABVP-Led DUSU Puts up Posters Blaming Left for JNU Violence

The ABVP-led Delhi University Students' Union has put up hoardings on the DU's North Campus blaming the Left for the 5 January violence at JNU and claiming that the country was being broken on the pretext of protesting against the amended citizenship law, PTI reported.

The hoardings have been installed by the ABVP-dominated DUSU, said its president Akshit Dahiya.

4:40 PM, 16 Jan

Ready to Join JNU Attack Investigation: ABVP's Komal Sharma

ABVP member Komal Sharma, who is suspected to be involved in the attack on JNU students and teachers on Sunday, 5 January, has finally come out with a letter to the head of the investigation team, saying that she is ready to join the investigation.

"It is being claimed in the media and social media that I am absconding, which is false, and so I write to you to join the investigation. I can join in for questioning either at the office of the National Commission for Women or at a place and time appropriate to you, which may be communicated to me through this mail," Sharma said.

4:05 AM, 16 Jan

211 IIT-Bombay Professors Condemn JNU Violence

Ready to Join JNU Attack Investigation: ABVP’s Komal Sharma

211 faculty members of IIT-Bombay have signed a statement condemning the 5 January attack on JNU.

5:23 AM, 15 Jan
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Suspect Komal Sharma Moves NCW

JNU student Komal Sharma, who was also one of the suspects, moved National Commission for Women (NCW), on Wednesday, 15 January, complaining that her name has been maligned

1:35 PM, 14 Jan

Campus Calm, Peaceful: JNU Admin

The JNU administration on Tuesday, 14 January, said classes in many schools have begun for the new semester and the campus witnessed a "calm and peaceful" atmosphere, while a section of students and teachers continued to abstain from classes amid standoff with authorities over fee-hike issue.

JNU's Registrar Pramod Kumar, in a statement, said academic and administrative units of the university functioned "normally on January 14, even as the campus witnessed a calm and peaceful atmosphere".

1:34 PM, 14 Jan
KEY EVENT

Komal Sharma, Rohit Shah and Akshat Awasthi Absconding: Delhi Police

The Delhi Police on 14 January said that three suspects in the JNU violence case – Komal Sharma, Rohit Shah and Akshat Awasthi – are absconding. Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) team spent the entire day in retrieving CCTV footage from the server., said the police, reported ANI.

11:20 AM, 14 Jan
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JNU Violence: Delhi HC Asks Whatsapp, Google to Provide Information Sought by Police

The Delhi High Court asked WhatsApp and Google on Tuesday, 14 January, to preserve and provide information, as per their internal policies, to the police in relation to the recent violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Justice Brijesh Sethi also asked the police to "at the earliest" summon witnesses and seize the phones of members of two WhatsApp chat groups on which the January 5 violence was allegedly coordinated.

Directions were also issued to the JNU administration and the State Bank of India branch inside the campus to preserve and provide at the earliest the CCTV footage of the violence as already requested by the police.

With the directions, the court disposed of a plea filed by JNU professors Ameet Parameswaran, Atul Sood and Shukla Vinayak Sawant seeking directions to the Delhi government and police that data, CCTV footage and other evidence relating to the January 5 violence on the varsity campus be preserved.

6:33 AM, 14 Jan
KEY EVENT

Seize Phones of Those in WhatsApp Groups Linked to JNU Row: Delhi HC to Police

Delhi High Court on Tuesday asked police to summon the witnesses and seize phones of the members of two WhatsApp groups - 'Friends of RSS' and 'Unity against Left'. Screenshots of inciteful conversations in these groups went viral on 5 January, the day JNU witnessed violence inside the campus.

3:09 PM, 13 Jan

JNU Fee-Hike Issue Sorted Out, Continuing Protests Not Justified: HRD Minister

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Monday said the continuation of protests by JNU students is not justified as the fee-hike issue has been settled.

"The fee-related matter of JNU has been sorted out following several rounds of discussions with representatives of JNU students and teachers," Nishank said.

"The main demand by students related to increase in service and utility charges and other related issues have now been settled and the continuation of agitation by the students is no longer justified," he added.

11:54 AM, 13 Jan
KEY EVENT

Delhi Police Records JNUSU Prez Aishe Ghosh's Statement

A team of Delhi Police's Crime branch on Monday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University and questioned three students, including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh in connection with the January 5 violence on the varsity's campus, officials said.

Pankaj Mishra, Vasker Vijay Mech and Ghose were questioned by the crime branch's officers, they said.

The trio are among the nine suspects whose pictures were recently released by police following the January 5 violence in which 35 students, including Ghosh, were injured.

11:53 AM, 13 Jan

Home Secy Meets Delhi Police Commissioner

Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla is meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, to discuss law and order situation in Delhi, news agency ANI reported.

11:15 AM, 13 Jan

'Delhi Police Should Investigate from 28 Oct - 5 Jan': ABVP Addresses Media

The students of the ABVP on Monday, 13 January, said that the Delhi Police should investigate the evnts from 28 October, leading to 5 January violence. They claimed that the student wing will submit the neccessary videos to the cops.

11:15 AM, 13 Jan

'50% Students Have Paid for Winter Semester:' JNU VC

Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said that more than 50 percent of the students have paid and registered fir the winter semester.

10:50 AM, 13 Jan

Modi-Shah Govt Exposed, Inable to Govern and Provide Security: Sonia Gandhi

Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi, on Monday, 13 January, slammed the BJP over the attack on JNU students on 5 January, saying that the nation watched in horror, at the BJP-orchestrated assault on JNU, which came soon after what happened in Jamia, BHU, Allahabad University, AMU and other institutions of higher learning.

"The Modi-Shah government stands exposed for its inability to govern and provide security to people,” she said.

“Government has let loose the reign of oppression, and is spreading hatred and trying to divide people along sectarian lines.” 
Sonia Gandhi, Interim Congress President

She further said that PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have misled people on CAA, NRC and have contradicted their own statements at times.

10:38 AM, 13 Jan

Kerala Leaders' Delegation Visits JNU

Kerala Congress leaders Oommen Chandy & Mullappally Ramachandran and leader of opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala visit Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Violence had broken out at the university on 5 January.

Ready to Join JNU Attack Investigation: ABVP’s Komal Sharma
6:50 AM, 13 Jan

JNU Violence: Delhi HC issues Notice to Whatsapp, Google to Preserve 5 Jan Evidence

Delhi High Court issues notice to Apple, Whatsapp, Google on petition of three JNU professors seeking to preserve CCTV footage, whatsapp conversations and other evidences related to 5 January violence at the University campus.

6:14 AM, 13 Jan

49 People Asked to Join JNU Violence Probe

The Delhi Police's crime branch probing the JNU violence said on Sunday that it has sent notices to 49 people, including Akshat Awasthi and Rohit Shah who featured in a sting operation conducted by a TV news channel, to join the investigation.

Awasthi and Shah are first year students of Jawaharlal Nehru University. They have been sent notices to join the probe, officials said.

4:05 AM, 13 Jan

Nine People to be Interrogated in Relation to JNU Violence

News agency ANI reported, quoting Delhi Police sources that those who have been served notice by the cops will be interrogated in JNU.

Nine people have been told to join the investigation from Monday.

3:14 AM, 13 Jan

Police Identifies Masked Woman in JNU Violence Video as DU Student

Delhi Police's SIT team has identified a masked woman who was seen in videos of violence in JNU, as a student from Delhi University. She will be soon served notice to join the investigation, reported news agecy ANI.

7:44 PM, 12 Jan

Modi-Shah Can Adopt Bhagwa, We Will Follow Tiranga: Tharoor at JNU

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday, 12 January, met the protesting students of JNU. He said, “Modi Shah can adopt the bhagwa, we will follow the tiranga, they can go with one religion, we will go with all.”

He further said, “First time a religious test has been introduced into the definition of Indian citizenship. Never before in our country has it mattered what your religion was to qualify to be an Indian citizen. “

7:16 PM, 12 Jan

Registration of 300 Students Blocked on Basis of 'Fake Proctor Inquiries': JNUSU

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) has alleged that the varsity administration has blocked the registration of 300 students on the basis of 'fake Proctor inquiries'.

The union had on Saturday, 11 January, asked students of the university to pay their academic tuition fee but not the hiked hostel fee.

"Today the Vice Chancellor first blocked the fee payment portal and then blocked the payment of tuition fees. It is clear that the VC was lying through the teeth when he said students want to register but are not being allowed to by protesters," JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh said.

11:59 AM, 12 Jan

Would Have Intervened at Right Time and Prevented JNU Violence: Former Top Cop Neeraj Kumar

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Sunday, 12 January, said had he been in command of the force, he would have sought intelligence and intervened "at any appropriate time" to prevent the situation on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus from deteriorating.

10:35 AM, 12 Jan

208 Academicians Blame 'Left-Wing Coterie' for Deteriorating Academic Environment in Country

More than 200 academicians, including vice chancellors of universities, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, 12 January, blaming a "small coterie of Left-wing activists" for a deteriorating academic environment in the country.

"We observe with dismay that in the name of student politics, a disruptive far-left agenda is being pursued. The recent turn of events in campuses from JNU to Jamia, from AMU to Jadavpur alarms us to the deteriorating academic environment due to the shenanigans of a small coterie of left-wing activists," they wrote to the prime minister.

The signatories to the statement include Hari Singh Gour University VC R P Tiwari, Central University of South Bihar VC HCS Rathore and Sardar Patel University VC Shirish Kulkarni, among others, according to official sources.

It is titled as "statement against left-wing anarchy in educational institutions".

8:03 AM, 12 Jan

JNU Attack 'State-Sponsored', VC Must Be Dismissed: Cong Fact-Finding Committee

A fact-finding committee of the Congress on the JNU violence on Sunday said the 5 January attack inside the university campus was "state-sponsored" and recommended Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar be dismissed and criminal investigation initiated against him.

The Congress had appointed a four-member fact-finding committee to carry out a detailed inquiry into the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

7:15 AM, 12 Jan

DMK Youth Wing Leader and MK Stalin's Son Meets JNU Students

DMK youth wing leader and son of MK Stalin, Udhayanidhi Stalin and other party leaders met and interacted with students in Jawaharlal Nehru University over 5 January violence in the campus.

5:37 AM, 12 Jan

Nine Students Identified For JNU Violence Asked to Join Probe: Delhi Police Sources

Nine students identified by Delhi police from photos and videos that went viral during the 5 January violence on the JNU campus have been asked to join the investigation from Monday, 13 January, reported ANI, quoting sources. The other 37 students identified by Delhi Police from the WhatsApp group ‘Unity Against Left’ will be called in for investigation later.

5:24 AM, 12 Jan

Wrong to Boycott Deepika or Her Film: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday, 12 January, came out in support of actor Deepika Padukone, who is facing flak from the BJP and some other quarters over her visit to the JNU campus in Delhi to express solidarity with students who were recently attacked by armed assailants.

Raut, who is a Rajya Sabha member and the executive editor of Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', said the country cannot be run in a "Talibani" style.

5:22 AM, 12 Jan

JNU Violence: Delhi Police Says It Has Identified 37 Students From WhatsApp Group

Delhi Police has identified 37 students from a WhatsApp group created during the 5 January violence on the JNU campus, sources told PTI.

They said the identified people do not belong to any left or right leaning organisations.

Those identified are students who were in favour of the semester registration process and wanted to enroll themselves, PTI reported quoting sources.

3:29 AM, 12 Jan

Alerted Police of Masked Mob at 4 pm, Help Came 4 Hours Later: JNU Wardens

Two wardens at JNU’s Sabarmati Hostel have said that an armed and masked mob was seen moving out of the hostel around 4 pm on 5 January, which is when they alerted both police and JNU security but no help arrived until 8 pm, reports The Indian Express.

In an incident report dated 6 January, Mess Warden Dr Sneha and Sanitation Warden Dr Raj Yadav have said that the mob initially consisted of 40-50 people carrying sticks and iron rods who returned to the campus at 7 pm as a larger group of around 150 people and attacked residents and vandalised rooms.

They have demanded an investigation “looking at the gravity and seriousness of the incident”.

4:53 PM, 11 Jan

JNU Admin Says Doing Security Audit of Hostels

The Jawaharlal Nehru University has undertaken a security audit of the hostels to check stay of outsiders and unauthorised students there, following the 5 January violence on the campus, the JNU administration said on Saturday.

In a letter sent to hostel wardens, Umesh Kadam, dean of students, asked them to notify all hostel residents to “follow the rules regarding having guests in the hostel room as per the procedures and rules of IHA and provide the necessary details in the forms accordingly.”

In case, any outsider/un-authorised student/guest is found staying in the rooms, necessary action will be initiated against the resident student as per Inter-Hall Administration (IHA) rules and the details of such guests shall be forwarded to the Station House Officer, Police Station, Vasant Kunj North, New Delhi, the notice stated.

On 7 January, SHO of Vasant Kunj (North) Ritu Raj had written to the varsity, requesting it to do an audit of hostels for outsiders or unauthorised students.

1:16 PM, 11 Jan

Cops Ignored Messages About Mob's Presence in JNU: JNUSU

JNU Students’ Union on Saturday, 11 January alleged that the police had been informed about a mob’s presence in the campus much before the violence on 5 January but they ignored the messages.

“They were informed at 3 pm and the messages were read at 3:07 pm but the messages were ignored,” the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) claimed at a press conference.

It also alleged that the RSS-affiliated ABVP was involved in attacking women students and JNUSU office-bearers last week.

The students’ union said ABVP members hit women students even on January 4 and when JNUSU General Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav intervened, they attacked him as well.

“Attackers targeted specific rooms in Sabarmati Hostel and even threw students from balcony, but did not touch the room of an ABVP activist,” it added.

11:30 AM, 11 Jan

JNU Administration Constitutes 5-Member Team to Look Into 5 Jan Violence

A 5-member team has been constituted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration to look into the matter of 5 January.

10:08 AM, 11 Jan

JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh Addresses Media

JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh meets Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh meets Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
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JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh addressed the media on Saturday, 11 January, and said that the fight to save the democratic fabric of the country will go on.

“Comrade Pinarayi said fight on and from here JNU will take the fight on. The fight to save the democratic fabric of the country will go on. I would like to thank the people of Kerala who stood by us during the attacks that we were facing,” Ghosh said.

Earlier on Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Ghosh and said the whole country was with them in their protest against the fee hike in the institution and Citizenship Amendment Act.

Vijayan met Ghosh at Kerala House in New Delhi, expressed solidarity with their protest and also gifted her a book, ‘Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi’ by Sudhanva Deshpande.

9:49 AM, 11 Jan

JNU Attack an Act of 'Terrorist Leftist Students': Ram Madhav

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav alleged that the violence in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was an act of a small number of “terrorist Leftist students”, who have been hampering studies and research of thousands of students there for decades.

He called the 5 January violence in JNU as “conspiracy of Leftists and their supporters”.

“Since decades, thousands of students have been tortured due to the terror of Leftists in JNU. The violence seen now is the culmination of the same thing. A few, small number of terrorist Leftist students have always been hampering the rights of thousands of students to study and conduct research in JNU,” Madhav alleged.

6:33 AM, 11 Jan

Have Enhanced Security in Campus to Make Sure Innocent Students Are Not Hurt: JNU VC

Jawaharlal Nehru University VC M Jagadesh Kumar is interacting with university students.

“The terror created by some of the activist students went to such an extent that many of our students had to leave the hostels. From past several days, we have enhanced security in the campus to make sure that innocent students are not hurt,” he said, according to ANI.

“This is a problem that many illegal students are staying in hostels, they could be outsiders, they maybe participating in any possible violence because they have nothing to do with the university,” he added, ANI reported on Saturday.

5:12 PM, 10 Jan

Probe Into JNU Violence Case 'Shoddy'; Sack Delhi Police Chief, JNU V-C: Cong

Accusing the Delhi Police of conducting a "shoddy" investigation into the JNU violence case, the Congress on Friday alleged that it was clearly influenced by the government, the home minister and the ruling party, and demanded removal of the city police chief and the university's vice chancellor, reported PTI.

Congress' senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said question marks have been raised on the investigations by the Delhi police as it has "failed to carry out the probe independently" and identify the culprits.

4:45 PM, 10 Jan

Police Registers Case for Violation of Sec-144 During Thursday's Protests by JNU Students

The Delhi Police has registered a case for the violation of Section-144 and for obstruction of government duty, during protest by JNU students on Thursday, 9 January, reports ANI.

4:15 PM, 10 Jan

Call off Agitation, Basic Demand Agreed To: HRD Ministry to JNU Students

The HRD Ministry held a series of meetings on Friday with the JNU Vice Chancellor, students union and later the UGC on the JNU fee hike issue and appealed to the protesters to call off their agitation, saying their basic demand of fee revision has been agreed to by the university, reports PTI.

The ministry, however, remained non committal on other demands of the students including notification of the students' union and dropping of proctorial enquiries.

3:36 PM, 10 Jan

Nishank Says 'Distressed' Over Involvement of JNU Students in Violence

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Friday said he was “distressed” over the involvement of JNU students in the 5 January violence as pointed out by the Delhi Police, reports PTI.

The ministry will not tolerate any violence and anarchy on the campus as it is committed to ensuring academic atmosphere in educational institutions, he said.

The Union minister also appealed to the students to maintain a "dignified" atmosphere in the university.

1:33 PM, 10 Jan

Delhi Police Version on Jan 5 Incident 'Disturbing': JNUTA

The JNU Teachers' Association on Friday accused the Delhi Police of underplaying the violence in JNU and termed its version as “disturbing”, reports PTI.

“Such underplaying of the incidents, which shocked the nation and subjected several to extreme trauma, is deeply disturbing,” the JNUTA said.

12:45 PM, 10 Jan

ABVP Takes out March in JNU Against 5 Jan Violence

RSS-affiliate ABVP on Friday took out a march inside the JNU campus against the 5 January incident, carrying banners which read ‘Red Terror down down’ and ‘Reclaim our study’, reports PTI.

They started their march from Sabarmati T-point and moved towards the varsity's main gate. As they walked, police in plain clothes also accompanied them.

12:33 PM, 10 Jan

'Conducive Environment, No Service & Utility Charges': JNU V-C Appeals to Students

JNU V-C Jagadesh Kumar on Friday appealed to the students to come back to the campus. “There is a conducive environment and I appeal students to be back,” he said.

“Now there are no Service & Utility charges, students only have to pay room rent which is Rs 300. The money taken from students will only be utilised to give back better facilities to students.”
M Jagadesh Kumar

On the police briefing he said, “We also want that the report of the investigation comes and if culprits are recognised then we hope that they will be punished.”

12:08 PM, 10 Jan

'Left Design in JNU Unmasked': Smriti Irani on Police Briefing

After the Delhi Police briefing on JNU violence, Union Cabinet Minister Smriti Irani tweeted, “Left design in JNU unmasked. They led mobs of mayhem, destroyed public property paid for by taxpayers, disallowed new students from being enrolled, used the campus as a political battleground.”

Meanwhile, Union Mionister Prakash Javadekar told ANI, “Today's police conference established that for last 5 days the chorus that was created deliberately to blame ABVP, BJP and others, that wasn't true. It's the left organisations that pre-planned violence, disabled CCTV and destroyed the server.”

11:57 AM, 10 Jan

'I Also Have Proof': Aishe Ghosh on Being Named as a Suspect in JNU Violence

On being named as a suspect by the Delhi Police in the JNU violence case, JNUSU president elect Aishe Ghosh said, “Delhi Police can do their inquiry. I also have evidence to show how I was attacked.”

“I have full faith in the law and order of this country that investigation will be fair. I will get justice. But why is Delhi Police biased? My complaint has not been filed as an FIR. I have not carried out any assault,” she said.

11:17 AM, 10 Jan

Aishe Ghosh Among 9 Suspects: Delhi Police on JNU Violence

The Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on Friday, 10 January, briefed the media on JNU violence. “Three cases have been registered till now, and they are being investigated by us,” Dr Joy Tirkey, DCP (Crime) told the media.

The Police released pictures of nine suspects in the JNU violence case and claimed JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh was one of them.

Of the nine, seven belong to left-leaning student organisations while two are affiliated to right-wing students' body, the police said.

Addressing a press conference, DCP (Crime Branch) Joy Tirkey, who is probing the case, said a majority of the students wanted to register for the winter semester from 1 to 5 January, but the left-leaning students' bodies were not allowing them to do so.

About the attack on 5 January, the DCP said that specific rooms in the university’s Periyar hostel were targeted. Aishe Ghosh was among those who attacked students in the hostel, the police officer claimed.

"No suspect has been detained till now, but we will begin to interrogate the suspects soon," he said.

10:31 AM, 10 Jan

Classes to Resume on 13 January: JNU V-C

Regular classes at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) wiIl resume on 13 January, the university’s Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar has said on Friday, 10 January.

“In meeting with the deans and chairpersons, it was decided that classes would start from 13 January. MHRD was informed that if required, the registration date for winter semester would further be extended,” the vice chancellor said, reports ANI.

He added that “the JNU admin is implementing record of discussions with MHRD issued on 11 Dec and making every effort to make sure that students and teachers have a conducive environment to pursue their academic activities.”

8:56 AM, 10 Jan

JNUTF Writes to Amit Shah About 'Ineffectiveness of Delhi Police'

Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Federation has written to Home Minister Amit Shah complaining about 'ineffectiveness of Delhi Police'. Sixteen teachers have signed the letter.

8:38 AM, 10 Jan

Delhi Police to Address Media on JNU Violence Today

Delhi Police will be addressing a press conference at 4 pm on Friday on the JNU violence.

8:09 AM, 10 Jan

Her Right to Stand Next to People Who Say 'Bharat Tere Tukde Honge': Smriti Irani on Deepika Padukone

Union minister Smriti Irani has spoken about actor Deepika Padukone's visit to JNU on Tuesday.

"I think that anybody who has read the news knew where you are going to stand... knew that you are standing with people who celebrate every time a CRPF jawan is killed... I would rather know what her political affiliation is than not know... I can’t deny her that right that she will stand next to people who will beat up other girls, who don’t see eye-to-eye ideologically, in private parts. That’s her freedom (sic)," Irani was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

“She made her political affiliation known in 2011 that she supports the Congress party... It’s her right (to) stand next to people who say ‘bharat tere tukde honge’,” she reportedly added.

7:55 AM, 10 Jan

'Situation in University is Peaceful and Normal': JNU VC

Speaking after the HRD Ministry met with a five-member team from JNU on Friday, Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar said that all decisions taken earlier at HRD Ministry about hostel fee are being implemented in totality.

The VC added that the semester registration deadline will be extended further, if needed.

"The situation in university is peaceful and normal. The university will continue to function and conduct academic activities. We would like to help every student continue their academic goals," he said.

7:08 AM, 10 Jan

3 JNU Profs Move HC With PIL in Connection With 5 Jan Violence

Three JNU professors have moved the Delhi High Court with a PIL to preserve data, CCTV footage and evidence relating to the 5 January violence on campus.

7:07 AM, 10 Jan

HRD Ministry Meets Five-Member JNU Admin Team

The HRD Ministry on Friday met with a five-member team from JNU administration, including Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar. The meeting was called to discuss the situation on the campus and resolve the standoff between students and the administration.

JNU's registrar and three rectors from the university were also part of the panel.

4:45 AM, 10 Jan

3 More Complaints Received in JNU Violence Case: Delhi Police Sources

Three more complaints have been received in connection with the 5 January JNU violence case, Delhi police sources were quoted by ANI as saying on Friday. A total of 14 complaints have been received so far.

3:26 AM, 10 Jan

HRD Ministry to Meet JNU Officials, Students Today

The HRD Ministry will be meeting with officials of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as well as members of its students' union (JNUSU) on Friday to clarify issues arising from the fee hike.

10:45 PM, 09 Jan

Union Min on Deepika's Presence at JNU Protest

Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat on Thursday, 9 January, said that it's not only people from the film fraternity, but also politicians who are insulting the culture of the country by standing with people who raise anti-India slogans. He was referring to Deepika Padukone’s presence at a JNU protest.


“This section considers itself progressive, becomes part of the gang which raises slogans of 'Afzal hum sharminda hain, tere qaatil zinda hain' and 'Bharat tere tukde honge insha allah insha allah' and supports them,” the Union Minister was quoted by ANI as saying.

9:00 PM, 09 Jan

Cab, Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Refusing to go to JNU Post Violence

Several cab and auto-rickshaw drivers are not willing to take commuters to the JNU campus or pick them up from the varsity premises in the wake of Sunday's violence.

According to several students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the cab and auto-rickshaw drivers are citing "situation in the varsity" as an excuse to refuse rides.

1:22 PM, 09 Jan

Student Injured During Scuffle With Police

One person got injured after a minor scuffle broke out between police and the protesters while they were marching towards Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding removal of the JNU VC.

1:12 PM, 09 Jan

Removal of JNU VC Not a Solution: HRD Ministry

The HRD Ministry on Thursday said the removal of Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar was not a solution.

HRD Secretary Amit Khare said officials of the ministry will talk to Kumar again on Friday over the students' claims of revised fee not being implemented.

"The removal of the vice chancellor is not a solution," he said, adding the ministry officials will also meet JNU Students' Union after meeting Kumar.

12:52 PM, 09 Jan

No Compromise Over Removal of VC: JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh

JNU Students' Union President Aishe Ghosh, on Thursday, said the students and faculty will not relent till Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar is removed.

She made the comments after meeting HRD officials.

Ghosh said they appealed to HRD Ministry to remove the VC, which, in turn, said a dialogue will be held on Friday.

"We will not compromise with HRD Ministry over the removal of the VC. It is still thinking whether the VC should be removed," she said

12:36 PM, 09 Jan

JNU Protesters Detained En Route to Rashtrapati Bhavan

JNU protesters were detained by Delhi Police near Ambedkar Bhavan while marching towards the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

11:49 AM, 09 Jan

No Deviation From HRD Ministry's Fee Hike Formula: JNU VC

There has been no deviation from the "formula" arrived at by the HRD Ministry about the fee hike and students are not being charged any services or utility fees as decided, JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said on Thursday.

"As far as the fee issue is concerned, there has been no deviation from the formula arrived at the HRD Ministry last month. As decided, students are not being charged any services or utility fees," Kumar said.

"We have also written to UGC to release funds for covering the utility and service charges as decided," he added.

11:48 AM, 09 Jan

Delhi Police Takes JNUSU, JNUTA Protestors to Meet HRD Officials

Delhi Police, on Thursday, took a delegation of JNU teachers and students to meet HRD officials, after stopping them near Shastri Bhawan during a protest march over the January 5 violence at the university campus.

The officer-bearers of JNUSU and JNUTA are expected to discuss the violence that took place in the university on Sunday, the hostel fee hike and removal of the vice chancellor with the officials of the Human Resources Development Ministry.

8:30 AM, 09 Jan

JNU Attack: Hundreds March to HRD Ministry, Demand Removal of VC

Hundreds of demonstrators, including students and members of civil society organisations, hit the streets on Thursday, 9 January, protesting the recent violence at JNU and demanding resignation of the varsity vice-chancellor.

The protesters, carrying placards and banners, started a march from Mandi House towards the HRD Ministry. They shouted slogans demanding strict action against those involved in the campus violence of January 5 that left around 35 injured.

CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Prakash Karat and Brinda Karat also joined the march. LJD leader Sharad Yadav was also among the protesters.

Yechury, CPI(M) general secretary, said, "For three hours, people wearing masks beat up varsity students. They entered the campus with police being present at the main gate." Alleging that the incident could not have happened without the vice-chancellor knowing about it, he said, "The VC has to go".

6:24 AM, 09 Jan

Home Secy, Delhi Police Commissioner to Appear Before Parl Panel

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla and Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Home Affairs on 13 January, over rising crimes in Delhi.

Violence in Jamia and JNU to also be discussed, reported ANI.

6:24 AM, 09 Jan

JNU Admin Forms 5-Member Committee

JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar on Thursday, 9 Janudary, said that the administration has formed a five-member committee to probe the lapses in security, “if any”, during 5 January violence.

4:44 AM, 09 Jan

HRD Gave JNU VC Ultimatum in December: Report

JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar was given an ultimatum by the Centre on 11 December, to either accept a compromise formula or submit his resignation, reported The Indian Express.

The newspaper said that while he agreed for a compromise, the VC backtracked a day later. In than 48 hours after the ultimatum, the Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam was shunted, the report said.

8:44 PM, 08 Jan

Police Collecting Data of Mobile Phone Location to Nab Culprits Behind JNU Attack

The police have collected dump data of mobile phones of people from campus to identify the culprits behind the Sunday's assault on the JNU students, officials said on Wednesday, 8 January.

Police said that several students have come forward to share information regarding the incident on Sunday after police made a public appeal requesting people to share information, footage and video clips relating to the incident.

8:43 PM, 08 Jan

Hundreds Join Candle March in Walled City

Hundreds of people sat in front of the Jama Masjid in Delhi on Wednesday with candles and posters to protest against the amended citizenship law, NRC and the National Population Register.

Residents, mostly from all parts of Old Delhi -- Lal Kuan, Gali Kasim, Bhuja Pandi and Ajmeri Gate -- participated in the protest, where they also expressed solidarity with the students of the JNU and the Jamia Millia Islamia.

7:35 PM, 08 Jan

Utilise Democracy, Don't Misuse It: Ladakh MP

BJP MP from Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, while condemning the attack on JNU students, said that he considers this very unfortunate.

“We strongly condemn violence and vandalism in any part of the country. We're living in a democratic country. Utilise this democracy, don't misuse it,” he said.

“If you have any concern, any question - raise it, why are you creating a commotion? In the JNU case, it is a matter of examination, concerned authority is already working on it.”

1:45 PM, 08 Jan

Don't Politicise Our University: JNU VC

Responding to Congress' fact-finding team and DMK leader Kanimozhi's visit to JNU, the varsity's V-C on Wednesday told news agency ANI, "Please don't politicise our university. Please leave us alone and let us do our work."

On the issue of fee hike, he said, "We may even approach the alumni of our university to create a fund to help all such students who come from poor sections of the society."

12:31 PM, 08 Jan

JNU VC Should Follow His Own Advice of 'Putting Past Behind' and Leave: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took a dig at JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Wednesday, saying he should take his own advice of putting the past behind and leave the university.

Kumar, who has been under fire from students and faculty members for allegedly not doing enough when they were brutally attacked by a masked mob on the campus, urged the students on Tuesday to put the past behind and return to the varsity's premises.

"I would like to tell the students that JNU campus is a secure place. I urge all students to come back to the campus. Let us put the past behind," the vice chancellor had said.

12:25 PM, 08 Jan

Siddaramaiah Alleges Govt Sponsored JNU Violence

Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday alleged the recent attack on students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi was government sponsored and sought to know what action has been taken against the culprits, reported news agency PTI.

He also described as 'shameful' the police registering FIRs against those injured in the Sunday violence.

The attack on students at JNU was government sponsored, it was not done by some one else, he told reporters.

11:55 AM, 08 Jan

Restore Normalcy, Be More Communicative: HRD Ministry to JNU VC

HRD Ministry has asked JNU VC to restore normalcy in the campus at the earliest, be more communicative with the students and take faculty into confidence, news agency PTI reported on Wednesday.

"JNU is a premier university and it should be maintained that way," the ministry said, according to PTI.

11:27 AM, 08 Jan

Police Get 'Vital Leads' in JNU Case: Reports

On Wednesday evening, news agency ANI reported quoting government sources that Delhi police have identified some of the masked persons involved in the violence in JNU.

Meanwhile, news agency PTI reported that the Delhi police have got some 'vital leads' related to JNU violence and that the case will be cracked soon.

10:48 AM, 08 Jan

Police Receive 11 Complaints Over JNU Row, Forwards Them to Crime Branch

Delhi Police have received a total of 11 complaints - 1 from a professor, 3 from ABVP students and 7 from JNUSU and other student, reports ANI.

Local police have forwarded the complaints to Delhi Police Crime Branch SIT.

9:57 AM, 08 Jan

Anyone Can Go Anywhere: HRD Min Javadekar on Campaign Against Deepika's Movie

Reacting on a social media campaign to boycott Deepika Padukone's movie Chhapaak after she joined JNU students at protest, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said, "This is a democratic country, anyone, any artist can go anywhere and put forth his or her view."

9:54 AM, 08 Jan

Kanimozhi Visits JNU, Says Will Fight for Students

Ready to Join JNU Attack Investigation: ABVP’s Komal Sharma
(Photo: The Quint)

Senior DMK leader Kanimozhi visited JNU on Wednesday and said her party will fight for the students.

Kanimozhi visited the Sabarmati Hostel where students told her that it was a targeted attack as the entry of masked mob was facilitated by university's security guards.

"The entire country is with you. Don't lose heart. There are many people who have condemned it... We will raise the issue. We will fight for you," she told students.

9:31 AM, 08 Jan

'Condemn Any Kind of Violence, I Support Deepika's JNU Visit': Ranvir Shorey

Actor Ranvir Shorey who has stated that he is in favour of the amended Citizenship Act speaking to News18 said, “CAA when seen in isolation is a humanitarian Act, one that has been pending since years. I took up the invite by the government to get a clarification behind its impact on the Indian minorities.”

Shorey added, “JNU attack happened while we were in the meeting. I found out about it only after. I am aware that there has been a protest against the fee hike but hooliganism is not an answer to hooliganism. This government needs to come out of its opposition mode, they can’t muscle their way through everything. They have done petty politics over the JNU attack. College kids are being made to fight war by the party and the Opposition.”

Speaking about Deepika’s visit to JNU on Tuesday night, he said, “She stuck her neck out and stood for what is right. Of course, I support her.”

Emphasising on the fact that he condemns violence, he continued, “I stand with not just the JNU students, but anybody who has faced any kind of brutality. The culprits should be jailed. My problem is that this is becoming a very muddled up issue.”

7:54 AM, 08 Jan

Maha Govt to Review Case of Women Holding 'Free Kashmir' Poster

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Anil Deshmukh told The Quint that the government will review the FIR lodged against Mehak Prabhu, an artist who was seen with a ‘Free Kashmir’ placard.

In addition to this, he said that the police is also looking into the video she posted on Facebook clarifying her stance on why she chose that placard, alleging that she was being “misinterpreted.”

7:40 AM, 08 Jan

DMK MP Kanimozhi Meets JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh

In Delhi, DMK MP Kanimozhi meets Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) President Aishe Ghosh in the campus.

Ready to Join JNU Attack Investigation: ABVP’s Komal Sharma
(Photo: ANI)
7:25 AM, 08 Jan

'Steps Underway to Bring Normalcy in Campus': JNU VC on Meeting HRD Secy

JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar briefed HRD Secretary Amit Khare about the steps being taken to bring about normalcy in JNU.

“All efforts are being made to facilitate winter semester registration for willing students and a conducive environment for their academic pursuits,” Kumar tweeted.

“No suggestion made to HRD to temporarily shut JNU campus,” Kumar told PTI.

7:13 AM, 08 Jan

Chennai: New College Students Protest Against JNU Attack

The students of New College in Chennai strongly condemn the violence in JNU.

7:05 AM, 08 Jan

JNU VC Meets HRD Secy Amit Khare

In Delhi, JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar reached Union HRD ministry to meet HRD Secretary Amit Khare, reported ANI.

7:03 AM, 08 Jan

'Will Talk to Maha CM, Find a Way to Resolve': Minister

Maharashtra Minister Jitendra Awhad on FIR against students protesting at Gateway of India over the JNU mob attack said, “I am the representative of students in cabinet and I will ensure that there is no injustice done to them, I will talk to the chief minister and find out a way to resolve the issue,” reported ANI.

6:47 AM, 08 Jan

JNU Attack Impossible Without Varsity Connivance, Police Inaction: Teachers' Association

The mob violence on the JNU campus could not have been possible without the connivance of the varsity administration and deliberate inaction by police, the JNU Teachers' Association alleged today.

It also slammed Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for asking students to put the past behind and return to the varsity premises, reported PTI.

6:44 AM, 08 Jan

St Stephen's Univ Protests in Solidarity With Bharat Bandh & Against JNU Violence, CAA, NRC

Several students and teachers of St. Stephen’s University, Delhi went on a strike today, to protest against the mob attack at JNU, the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’ today, the amended Citizenship Act and NRC.

In their official statement they said, “We call for a boycott of classes tomorrow, to implement the strike called by universities across the country to be held in solidarity with the nationwide strike of workers. The policies of the current fascist government represent a systematic assault on university spaces through the privatisation of education and the unleashing of ABVP and the police forces on resisting voices. The government, in the last few months has made concerted efforts towards consolidating its own idea of the nation, through the abrogation of Article 370 and passing of the Transgender Bill, amongst other things.”

2:57 AM, 08 Jan

JNU Violence: 100 MPs to Write to Prez Kovind Seeking VC’s Sacking

Around 100 MPs have been contacted, they have decided to write to the President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the sacking of JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadeesh Kumar, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told PTI.

5:14 PM, 07 Jan

Congress Fact-Finding Committee to Visit JNU

The four member fact-finding committee formed by Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi to look into the JNU violence will visit its campus on Wednesday, 8 January, reported ANI.

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Published: 08 Jan 2020, 02:15 AM IST