Students and some teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University boycotted classes with students going on an indefinite strike starting Monday and calling for a solidarity march on Thursday demanding release of students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar.
JNUSU also submitted a memorandum, signed by around two thousand students, to vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar demanding to take rollback the decision to debar eight students from academic activities.
“To counter mob frenzy and fear psychosis being created against JNU, we will conduct a march on Thursday,” said Shehla Rashid Shora, joint secretary, JNUSU.
While JNUTA called for a strike on Tuesday, some teachers said they will continue giving classes. Classes were conducted in some departments, including Center for Sanskrit Studies, School of Computer and System Sciences.
“We conducted classes at Sanskrit centre. Those who raised anti-national slogans must be punished. Also those who are supporting them should also be exposed,” said Hari Ram Mishra, assistant professor at CSS.
While students were protesting inside, right-wing leader Sadhvi Prachi visited JNU to protest against alleged anti-national activities on the campus.
Sadhvi Prachi was, however, not allowed to enter the premises.
“Those raising anti-national slogans should be hanged and those supporting them should also be booked for anti-national activities. Rahul Gandhi’s Parliament membership should be revoked for supporting the accused,” she said.
ABVP held a rally on the campus demanding dismissal of teachers who supported students accused in the case. “We will not stop our struggle till action is taken against anti-national students,” said Saurabh Sharna, joint secretary JNUSU and ABVP member.