The administration including the VC had no clear answer.The VC said that he has not given the permission to the RAF to enter. When we pointed out that in that case he must file a case against the Delhi Police for flouting the autonomy of the university whereby the administration’s permission has to be sought by the police to enter the university premises, the VC simply qualified his statement saying, the police can enter the campus if it is a riot-like situation! So, was it a ‘riot-like situation’ that day within JNU? To determine this, the administration constituted an enquiry committee with Prof. Harjit Singh, which was supposed to submit its report by last Friday morning but has failed to do so.
But as it came clear by Friday, the ‘Enquiry Committee’ chose to call itself a ‘fact finding Committee’ and was clearly interested in finding out what led to the lathi-charge, and not the incidents of eve-teasing and intimidation by the four outsiders, the subsequent police brutalities and shielding of the culprits by the Delhi administration. The enquiry committee is apparently looking into the ‘provocations’ from the students, trying to implicate and put the entire blame on the students for the lathi-charge that evening. The Committee did not give any public notice asking for witnesses, which is the usual norm, but rather selected a few witnesses on its own. To those witnesses also it asked highly problematic and leading questions like ‘who damaged the car of the accused?’ ‘who threw the first stone?’, etc. and asking the witnesses to identify individual students by showing photographs and footages of the incident. Clearly the propensity of the committee is more anti-student than being anti-police and RAF, which it should have been. Although it is not yet clear to the students what are the contents and conclusions of the report, with such a mode and orientation of the enquiry, the Committee is very well trying to establish that there was indeed a ‘law and order breakdown’ within the campus and that the students have ‘taken law into their own hands’, therefore the police action was justified! We must remain vigilant against any attempt by the administration to implicate and further victimize the students. The students of this campus will NOT accept such blatant twisting of reality to shield the barbaric police action.
The police must be held accountable on the following points: ● The Delhi administration and the police mobilised such a huge force including more than 300 RAF to safeguard four drunk lumpen harassers who had ‘high connections’, and what were those connections ● It took more than three hours to even file an FIR, much pressure and intimidation was exerted on the people who went to file the FIR! ● In whose permission did the police and armed RAF enter the campus ● There was no need of Lath-charging so brutally to disperse the crowd. ● The police didn’t give any warning to the students before lathi-charging, as per the protocol, despite having a public address system. ● The police threw stones helter-skelter at the students although throwing projectiles by the police is not permitted under any law. ● The male police charged, beaten up, physically manhandled women students and they had no female constabulary. ● The police which is supposed to beat up only below the waist were beating students on their head and shoulders which could have caused fatal injuries. ● when a handful of students and a professor went to close the gate for the second time, the police resorted to brutal lathi charge once again, although the crowd was already dispersed. This time they selectively picked up students and shelled tear gas after lathi-charging!
The university must file a case against the police, especially implicating DCP Dhadiwal and DCP Chhaya Sharma, who were in charge! There can be no ‘balancing act’ in this case, and we must resist the singled out victimization of any student in this regard. We call upon the students, teachers and staff and karamcharis of the university to unitedly resist this police brutality or further attacks on students. The JNUSU must break its silence and inaction in the name of ‘introspection’ to proactively lead a militant and uncompromising struggle against these attacks. Some organisations like SFI which have so far not brought out any public position against the atrocities condemning the administration and police, is maintaining in All Organisation meetings that the ‘students could have avoided the situation’. We warn them not to indulge in such anti-student propaganda and refrain from being an agent of the administration. We must take this struggle for campus autonomy and security, and for the punishment of the guilty to its logical conclusion fighting all forms of intimidation, slander and betrayals.