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Police not allowed to enter JNU

After drawing flak from various quarters, including renowned thinker Noam Chomsky, for letting the police enter the university premises, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration is treading cautiously.

After the five students involved in a sedition case for allegedly raising anti-national slogans inside the university, resurfaced in the campus on Sunday night, the Delhi police have been camping outside the university premises but have not been able to enter or take any action so far. They have not been able to get permission from the Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar.

According to the police, they cannot take any action till the Vice-Chancellor permits them to enter the campus. On the other hand, the five students, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Anant Prakash, Rama Naga and Ashutosh Kumar, who resurfaced after being 10 days in hiding, have also refused to surrender to the police.

“We are on the campus. If the police want, they can come in and arrest us,” said Ashutosh Kumar.

The Vice-Chancellor met around 300 teachers, who asked him not to allow the police to intervene and to let the internal inquiry committee to investigate the February 9 incidents.

He later issued a statement saying that a meeting of top officials was held and a decision on the next course of action would be taken on Tuesday.

The teachers also asked the V-C to change the composition of the committee which, according to them, did not have enough representation.


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