JNU Row: Umar resurfaces
With Umar Khalid resurfacing after a week the entry of the police into the JNU campus becomes imminent
Abeer Kapoor Delhi
After a week of being underground, Umar Khalid, the main accused in the alleged anti-national sloganeering, along with the four co-accused, appeared publicly in JNU. On the night of February 21, Ashutosh, Anirban, Ram Naga and Umar appeared before the students at around midnight.
With their return, the entry of the police becomes an imminent reality. JNUTA president Ajay Patnaik, on Monday morning in a press conference with the media, categorically stated that the police should not enter the campus without prior permission. The police should not override the university space, and they should respect its sanctity. He further stated that all the charges of sedition, which have been frivolously put forward, as evidenced by the widely circulated fake videos and tweets that have incriminated the students, should be dropped with immediate effect. He demanded that the internal mechanism for the investigation of this case should be reconstituted, and re-elected to build its credibility again.
Most importantly the environment within the university should be made conducive for the investigation to take place and the students to present themselves in front of the committee in a free and fair manner.
Shehla Rashid, Vice President of the Students Union, then announced the students unions demands from the VC, this was, however, not the final memorandum that they submitted. The student body has further stated that the VC should learn from the example of his counterpart in Jadhavpur University, who has asked for an internal inquiry over the involvement of the police or the state. They have requested for the internal mechanisms of the university to determine the fate of the students rather than any external agency.
In the University, however, a human chain by the teachers and the security personnel protected the students who returned late last night. The verdict of whether the police will be allowed now solely sits with the Vice Chancellor, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.