NEW DELHI: Anant Prakash, one of the five students accused in the JNU controversy, on Monday demanded vice-chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar to take a ‘courageous stand’ and ensure that all charges against them are dropped.
Prakash also demanded that registrar professor Bupinder Zutshi should be dismissed with immediate effect while holding him responsible for the conspiracies against them.
“The intention of the government is clear. Target the leaders and end politics in JNU. We want the vice-chancellor to take a courageous stand, get all charges dropped and dismiss the registrar as all the conspiracies have been hatched by the registrar,” Prakash told ANI.
“I can only say that a political witch hunt is going on. We are being punished because we speak against the government. I am not being seen in the footage. Was it an offence to be in the Sabarmati Dhaba that day? Then I am not the only accused. Around 100 to 150 people were present there... arrest all of them,” he added.
Five students from the JNU, who were being looked for by the police in connection with making ‘anti-national’ statements at the campus earlier, surfaced at the varsity last night.
The five students- Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga, Ashutosh Kumar and Anant Prakash had gone missing from the campus since February 12 after JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a sedition case.