JNU row: VC urges students, teachers to restore normalcy

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New Delhi, Feb. 15 (ANI): Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice Chancellor M. J. Kumar on Monday said that a high-level enquiry committee has been formed to look into the ongoing controversy in the campus and urged both students and teachers to restore normalcy and return to pursuing academics.

“We encourage an open expression of views and ideas as far as it is peaceful. We believe that any problem can be solved through discussion and there is no need for any strike. We have already formed a high-level enquiry committee to look into this. They are collecting all the evidence that is available,” Kumar told the media here.

Kumar said the committee will submit its report on February 25.

“The committee is given time up to February 25, let them work and they will come out with their recommendations,” he added.

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“We have not asked the police to enter in the campus, or step in the matter and we will be the last one to do that. They asked us some information, some audio and video footage about the incidents that took place here. We have provided that. And, in that connection, they wanted to come to the campus as per law,” Kumar said while answering to the question as to why did the police enter the campus.

On the night of February 9, some students organised a meet at JNU to mourn the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front co-founder Maqbool Bhat.

Anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at the gathering. Delhi Police registered a sedition case on Thursday and arrested JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition. (ANI)

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