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Students claim force deployed in JNU, file a ‘missing complaint’ against VC

NEW DELHI: Chaos erupted on the JNU campus on Monday when students allegedly found CRPF personnel stationed near the gates during their protest against the hostel manual update and the subsequent “hike” in hostel fees. The students, who had called a protest march to the administrative block building to meet the vice-chancellor, claimed they couldn’t find him on the campus. After a spat with police personnel at West Gate, the protesters went to the Vasant Kunj police station to file a “missing person complaint” alleging that VC M Jagadesh Kumar had been missing in action. They have also come out with a missing person poster with the VC’s picture on it. Despite several attempts, the administration did not respond to TOI’s queries. In a statement, the VC has requested “the hostel presidents to meet their provosts along with the wardens and discuss their issues” on Wednesday. “We appeal to the students to resume their academic activities. Issues can be resolved through dialogue with the officials of Inter Hall Administration,” he said. For quite some time, JNU students belonging to all political outfits have been protesting over the hostel fee hike and curfew timings as per the new manual. They have also been opposed to the curb on timings at the popular Parthasarathy Rocks. As the protests continued, the JNU students’ union (JNUSU) called Azaadi March from the Sabarmati T-point to the administrative block on Monday “to find our VC”. The protesters claimed to have found CRPF personnel deployed at certain locations, including Birsa Munda Marg and near the teachers’ hostel, near the gates. “We were only going to meet the VC. But the JNU security stopped us. We heard about the CRPF deployment near the gates. A source in the JNU security said the administration had been worried about ‘violence and rioting in the campus’,” a student alleged. Delhi Police, however, claimed there was “no deployment” from their side. Saket Moon, vice-president-elect of JNUSU, said the students had filed the complaint after they were blocked from meeting the VC. “Through posters, we are asking for information about his whereabouts. Maybe then he will come and talk to us,” Moon said. Alleging that the administration has been attacking students, former JNUSU president N Sai Balaji said, “It is unfortunate that when the entire JNU community is standing united against the administration’s undemocratic hostel manual, the VC and his administration are indiscriminately servicing notices on former JNUSU office bearers for participating in protests.”