In the fray: Now, ex-servicemen threaten to return JNU degrees

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 13, 2016 16:47 IST
Activists protest against an event held at JNU supporting the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Ex-servicemen who are alumni of the Jawaharlal Nehru University threatened to return their degrees on Saturday, saying they “find it difficult” to be associated with an institution that has become a “hub of anti-national activities” amid a controversy over an event held on the campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“We are constrained at the ongoing anti-national activities on the university campus, like celebration of Afzal Guru day and consider it an affront to be equated with the present student fraternity of the university which is indulging in such anti-national activities,” the ex-servicemen of 54th NDA course said in a letter to JNU vice-chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar.

“We feel that present activities in JNU campus negate the sacrifices made by past degree holders of the university and would therefore want to return our prized and well earned degrees to your institution if such activities are allowed to be conducted inside the university campus,” it added.

The letter by the ex-servicemen comes a day after the arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case over an event at the varsity campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, sparking massive outrage among students and criticism from non-BJP parties.

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