The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration on Monday announced rustication of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhhatacharya in connection with an event organised in the campus to mark the death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
According to The Hindu report, while Umar has been rusticated for one semester and a fine of Rs. 20,000 imposed on him Anirban has been declared out of bounds from the campus for five years after July 23, 2016. He has been rusticated till the period of July 15.
Both of them were arrested by Delhi police on sedition charges and spent about 15 days in Tihar jail under judicial custody.
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was also charged with sedition and arrested in connection with the incident has, however, not been rusticated. The university authorities have imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on him.
A Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gattoo, who was found shouting "anti-national” slogans on February 9 by the varsity's High Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) report has also been rusticated by the administration.
"The committee has recommended rustication/fine for three students, withdrawal of hostel facilities/financial penalty for two students and only financial penalty for fourteen students. Two former JNU students, moreover, have been declared out of bounds,” an official statement from the university read.
"The students who have been rusticated are – Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb Gattoo. A fine of Rs. 10,000 has been imposed on Kanhaiya and other students who were debarred have also been given financial penalty,” a senior official from JNU confirmed.
"The recommendation of the Committee for the above disciplinary measures pertains to "Not following university procedures”, "providing misinformation to the university”, "misconduct and indiscipline”, "causing and colluding in the unauthorized entry of any person into the campus”, "putting up objectionable poster”, "arousing communal, caste or regional feelings and creating disharmony among students”, "furnishing false certificate or false information in any manner”, "blockade or forceful prevention of any normal movement of traffic” and "violation of security, safety rules” notified by the university,” the statement added further.
Eight students were debarred by the administration following the organising of February 9 incident on the campus where some anti-national slogans were allegedly shouted. (Courtesy : The Hindu)
(File photo of JNU students Union President Kanhiya Kumar with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya at JNU campus.)