The administration of Jawaharlal Nehru University alleged on Thursday that a group of students broke into the central library and clashed with staff members, as a result of which an FIR was registered with the police. .
The university said the students had occupied the library for two days. The chief supervisor’s office was tasked with taking the necessary disciplinary action against these students in accordance with university rules, he said.
Police said the incident took place on June 8 and based on a complaint from the university’s security official, a case was registered on Wednesday.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Ingit Pratap Singh said: “On the basis of the complaint, a case was registered under Article 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by an official) of the Indian Penal Code, Delhi Disaster Management Act and Damage Prevention. to the law on public property.
No arrests have been made in the case so far, police said, adding that a meeting between the students and the head librarian had taken place.
The university said a group of students clashed with security personnel, broke the side glass door of the BR Ambedkar library, entered the building’s main reading room on June 8 and occupied space since then. He added that they had not left the building even during the night.
COVID standards violated
“When no persuasion from the librarian and security staff convinced these students not to break the COVID-19 law and guidelines, the JNU security office filed a complaint with the police given the seriousness of the problem. These students were found not to even use masks or follow other guidelines related to COVID-19, ”the university statement read.
The Delhi government-imposed curfew is still in place and no new directives have yet been announced regarding the resumption of normal academic activities, he said.
In a statement, the university said: “This [incident] has caused health risks to library staff and even other students residing in the hostels as these unruly students return home for lunch and dinner or for other purposes.
“Students occupying the space do not allow library staff to disinfect the building to make it safer for students who will be using the library after normalcy is restored. All of these students are asked to leave the library immediately, ”he said.
One student, on condition of anonymity, said: “The library hasn’t opened for a long time, which has frustrated doctoral students. Students had to return their submissions and were unable to access the library. The students entered the library but there was no violence.
Meanwhile, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) called the university’s action a “bullying tactic” and demanded the withdrawal of the FIR. In a statement released, the student body said, “JNUSU reiterates that the university administration must reopen the library as soon as possible. The administration should also withdraw the FIR and focus on the problems faced by the JNU community.