Kash­miri JNU stu­dent rus­ti­cated for 2 semesters

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

NEW DELHI—A Kash­miri stu­dent, Mu­jeeb Gat­too, was rus­ti­cated Tues­day for two semesters and two other stu­dents, Umar Khalid and Anir­ban Bhat­tacharya for one se­mes­ter and till July 15 re­spec­tively, by JNU au­thor­i­ties in con­nec­tion with the Fe­bru­ary 9 event on the cam­pus against Afzal Guru’s hang­ing.

The au­thor­i­ties also im­posed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kan­haiya Ku­mar. As per de­ci­sion, Bhat­tacharya has been barred from pur­su­ing any course in JNU for next 5 years. Mu­jeeb was pur­su­ing an in­te­grated PhD pro­gramme in education at Zakir Hus­sain Cen­tre for Education Stud­ies. He had fin­ished his MPhil last year and was al­most a year into his PhD pro­gramme.

By June, Mu­jeeb was sup­posed to sub­mit his fi­nal syn­op­sis for the doc­tor­ate pro­gramme. It was learnt that if he would not sub­mit the syn­op­sis, his reg­is­tra­tion for the PhD pro­gramme it­self might be hit.

JNU stu­dents union president Kan­haiya, Umar and Anir­ban were ar­rested on charges of sedition in Fe­bru­ary in con­nec­tion with the con­tro­ver­sial event and are out on bail. Their ar­rest had trig­gered wide­spread protests.

The cam­pus has been made out of bounds for two for­mer stu­dents — Bano­jy­ot­sana Lahiri and Drau­padi — while hos­tel fa­cil­i­ties have been with­drawn for Ashutosh Ku­mar for a year and Ko­mal Mo­hite till July 21.

A high-level committee con­sti­tuted by the univer­sity to probe the Fe­bru­ary 9 event found ABVP mem­ber Sau­rabh Sharma, who had ob­jected to the event, “guilty” of block­ing traf­fic on the day of the event and pe­nalised him with Rs 20,000.

Sur­pris­ingly, Aish­warya Adhikari, whose name was not men­tioned in the re­port, has also been im­posed the same penalty.

“Based on the re­port of the high­level committee which ar­rived at its con­clu­sion based on de­po­si­tions, pe­rusal of video clips (pro­vided by JNU Se­cu­rity and au­then­ti­cated by foren­sic tests), and ex­am­i­na­tion of doc­u­ments on record, the univer­sity has de­cided to rus­ti­cate three stu­dents,” a se­nior univer­sity of­fi­cial told PTI.

“While Anir­ban Bhat­tacharya has been rus­ti­cated till 15 July, he will not be able to pur­sue any course or par­tic­i­pate in any ac­tiv­ity on cam­pus for next five years, Umar Khalid has been rus­ti­cated for one se­mes­ter and Mu­jeeb Gat­too for two semesters,” the of­fi­cial said.

He said fi­nan­cial penalty has been im­posed on 14 stu­dents in­clud­ing Kan­haiya who has been pe­nalised with Rs 10,000.

While Umar and Anir­ban were found guilty of trig­ger­ing com­mu­nal vi­o­lence and dis­rupt­ing com­mu­nal har­mony on cam­pus, Mu­jeeb was found guilty of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the slo­ga­neer­ing.—KMS

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