Azaadi for Kashmir' poster surfaces in JNU; varsity receives award

The solitary poster calling for "freedom for Kashmir" had been removed by the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration but the police has not taken any action as yet.

ABVP supporters in the JNU accused the Left-leaning Democratic Students Union (DSU) for putting up the poster which read, "Freedom for Kashmir!" The JNU has lost time and energy in unnecessary controversies. Unfortunately, a small group of people are still trying to create another ruckus and vitiate the academic environment, a senior university official told PTI. The court has now postponed the hearing to March 14 as JNU said that students have not made UGC a party in the case.

"We have also complained to Lt Governor Anil Baijal about such anti-national posters inside JNU campus during our meeting with him at Raj Niwas".

The Delhi Police told Justice V.K. Rao that the "Vice-Chancellor, teachers and staff of JNU are using the Administration Block without hindrance".

While the college administration withdrew the invitation following opposition by the ABVP, it led widespread violence after clashes between the ABVP and the Left-affiliated All India Students' Association (AISA).

The administration was unable to function for over 17 days due to the blockade of the administrative building by students in protest against changes in the admission policy and it was only early this week that the staff got access to the building and resumed work.

Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who organised the controversial protest march at the campus past year against the hanging of Afzal Guru, were former members of DSU.

The award that includes a citation and a trophy will be given by President Pranab Mukherjee to JNU Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar at an event at the Rasthrapati Bhavan on March 6.

  • Leroy Wright