Kashmiri JNU student rusticated for 2 semesters
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been made out of bounds for two former students — Banojyotsana Lahiri and Draupadi — while hostel facilities have been withdrawn for Ashutosh Kumar for a year and Komal Mohite till July 21.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