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Afzal Guru Controversy: JNU Constitutes Committee to Probe Student's Movement

Published: 10th February 2016 09:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th February 2016 09:18 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of Afzal Guru controversy in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the varsity on Tuesday constituted a committee headed by the Chief Proctor to investigate the reasons behind the flashpoint between the students after the event.

“A proctorial committee which will look into the issue and find out the reasons which led to this has been formed. The committee is going to have three other members who are going to send a report after investigating the details” said JNU official.

The action comes after posters came up across the campus inviting students to gather for a protest march against "judicial killing” of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat in solidarity with "struggle" of Kashmiri migrants, at varsity's Sabarmati dhaba.

By the evening the incident snowballed into a huge controversy with the members of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) terming it anti-national and undemocratic in nature and demanding the expulsion of the organizers.

The university authorities canceled the protest "fearing" that it might "disrupt" peace on the campus. However, the organisers went ahead with the programme despite the cancellation of the permission.

Umar Khalid, a PhD History student in JNU one of the organizer, told Express “What happened with Rohit Vermula in Hyderabad Central University the same thing is happening with us. Why dissent has become a prison? We are going to fight this, like everyone in democracy we have a right to express our opinion.”

ABVP members gathered outside the VC office and shouted slogans terming yesterday's event by a group of students as "anti national" and demanding their "expulsion" from the university.

JNU Student’s Union Joint Secretary Saurabh Kumar, who is the only ABVP member in the union, said “We are going to write to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Human Resource Development demanding investigation at the highest level. How can an event on Afzal Guru, who attacked the temple of democracy, be organized on the campus? Kashmir has been an integral part of India and will remain so.”

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