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JNU violence: 3 more complaints received; memorandum demanding VC's removal submitted

Four days after a masked mob entered the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus and assaulted 34 people including students, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has said it had zeroed in on a few suspects behind the attack.

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New Delhi Updated on: January 10, 2020 10:26 IST
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Police personnel deployed at the Vijay Chowk after JNU students attempted to march towards the Rashtrapati Bhawan in protest against January 5 violence on the university campus and other issues

The Delhi Police have received three more complaints in connection with the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violence case. With the additional complaints, the total complaints in the JNU violence case have now reached 14, sources within the Delhi Police said. Four days after a masked mob entered the JNU campus and assaulted 34 people including students, the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police has said it had zeroed in on a few suspects behind the attack. 

A senior police officer said they had identified at least 70 administrators of two WhatsApp groups, where the attack on members of the JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) was allegedly planned.

During the protests on Thursday, a woman protester had bit the hand of Additional DCP Ingit Pratap Singh after he was taken to the hospital for a check-up. Meanwhile, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has submitted a memorandum to the HRD Ministry and has demanded the removal of the vice-chancellor. 

The students' union and the teachers' association of the university took out a joint march to the ministry to put forth their demands. A delegation of students and teachers was taken to meet ministry officials. 

The JNUTA submitted a memorandum, which accused "the JNU administration headed by the Vice-Chancellor" of being responsible for the "orgy of violence in JNU" on Sunday.

"It is evident that without the connivance of the administration and the JNU security, the entry into the campus of several of the goons, who were not from the campus, and their subsequent exit without being caught would not have been possible," the JNUTA said. 

The absence of any action for several hours by the security guards or police to stop the violence, despite being informed of it, also revealed the alleged complicity of the administration in the violence, it added.

Even while describing the violence as "unfortunate", "a rather mild term", the JNU VC did not "waste" a single syllable on the faculty, who were seriously injured by the masked assailants, the memorandum read.

The VC was neither anguished by the kind of harassment women students faced nor disturbed by the plight of visually-challenged students, it added.

"No medical, psychiatric, legal or academic assistance has been offered to the injured and traumatised students," the JNUTA said in the memorandum.

It added that "there is compelling evidence" that the mob violence of January 5 was sanctioned, if not engineered, by the Vice-Chancellor".

"His continuation can only make what is already a terrible situation worse as there is no way that the climate of insecurity and fear can be removed in such circumstances. He must immediately be removed from his office," it said. 

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