JNU Chancellor Kasturirangan visits campus

JNU Chancellor Kasturirangan visits campus

Amid protests rocking JNU over the arrest of the president of its students' union and police searching several others in connection with a case of sedition, the Chancellor of the university, K Kasturirangan, today visited the campus and took stock of the situation.

The chancellor held a meeting with the JNU administration and also met representatives of the students and teachers.

"We briefed him about the situation on the campus during the meeting. We assured him there is no police patrolling inside the campus and there was no crackdown on students yesterday. Police came to Brahmaputra hostel and took Kanhaiya away and nobody else was attacked," JNU registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said.

Meanwhile, four Deans of JNU have written to VC Jagdesh Kumar to convey their protest against the manner in which police "crackdown" was "allowed by the university".

Protests continued to rock the campus as students demanded intervention by the university for Kanhaiya Kumar's release.

Kanhaiya was arrested yesterday in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over the holding of an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The case was registered yesterday under Section of 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) Police station following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP.

A group of students had on Tuesday held an event on the JNU campus and allegedly raised slogans against the hanging of Guru in 2013.

The event was held despite the JNU administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who had termed it "anti-national".

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