For the last two days, the JNU students union has been holding a day-to-day campaign for mobilising support against the university administration. The union will convene a meeting on Monday, to decide a future course of action on the showcause notice issued to 11 students including three union members, accused of allegedly holding the university registrar hostage.
“These notices were served in the last week of May and various charges have been mentioned here. They were issued from the proctor's office,” said an administrative official on condition of anonymity. The three union members who have been issued show-cause notices include JNUSU president Dhanajay Tripathi, general secretary Sandeep Singh and joint secretary Jyotsana Singh.
“The administration has been unfair. They have issued these notices when the university is closed. Worse, we had tendered a regret letter incident and that had been passed through a general body meeting. Thereafter, the administration promised to revoke this,” said Sandeep Singh, General Secretary, JNUSU.
The JNU registrar was held hostage in Febraury this year in his car by protesting JNU students for over six hours after he ordered that some posters and pamphlets be taken off the campus. Students had been campaigning against the low wages given to labourers involved in the construction work at JNU. They were demanding the administration’s intervention in the issue demanding that minimum wages be restored to these labourers. They had pasted posters in connection to this all across the campus.
“We are not ruling out the possibility of a strike, but that will be our last resort. We will attempt to talk to the administration again,” added Singh.