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JNU withdraws notices issued to students over beef fest

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 10, 2012
First Published: 23:40 IST(10/10/2012) | Last Updated: 23:41 IST(10/10/2012)

Jawaharlal Nehru University has withdrawn the suspension and show-cause notices issued to four students in connection with a beef-and-pork festival.

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The move came six days after a group of students went on an indefinite hunger strike to oppose the decision of the administration to suspend Anoop Patel and issue show-cause notices to Abhay Kumar, Anand and Kusum ostensibly for causing unrest on the campus by proposing a beef-and-pork festival at the varsity.

The festival, which according to some was scheduled to take place on September 28, was not held after the Delhi High Court stayed it.

“We welcome the decision of the administration to conclude the inquiry and revoke the suspension orders. We, however, will continue to critique anti-people laws and attempts to scuttle the freedom of expression on the campus,” said Abhay Kumar, media in charge, the Committee for the Democratic Right to Choice of Food.

In September, the organisers had given a written assurance that they would not break the law and only wanted to have a debate on why beef and pork, which are eaten widely in the Northeast and the South, are not available on the campus.


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