JNU denies any discrepancy in FIR, after RTI reply circulating on social media alleges otherwiseUpdated: Jan 22, 2020 21:58 IST
New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration Wednesday denied any discrepancy in the FIRs it had filed, and clarified that all FIRs are in line with incidents that took place on “January 3”.
This came after a reply to a Right to Information (RTI)) query, filed by Saurav Das, a member of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), showed discrepancies in the claims made by the university regarding the vandalism of its server room. The RTI reply was furnished by the communications and information services (CIS) office of JNU on January 9.
The reply said the main server of JNU at the Centre for Information System (CIS) was shut down on January 3 and had gone down the next day “due to a power supply disruption”. “None” of the biometric systems was broken or destroyed between December 30, 2019, and January 8, 2020, it said.
The RTI had also sought information on whether the CIS office contains the servers of the CCTV cameras in and around the campus. To this, the reply stated that the servers of CCTV cameras are located in the data centre and not at CIS office.
The RTI also asked details of the number of times the JNU website had crashed due to snags between December 25, 2019, and January 8, 2020. The reply stated that the varsity website was functioning during this period since it is “critical” and “a logical public face of the university”.
The JNU administration, in an FIR, had claimed that on January 3, a group of students wearing masks had forcibly entered the CIS and switched off the power supply, making the servers dysfunctional, thereby affecting a range functions, including CCTV surveillance, biometric attendance and internet services.
On Wednesday, the JNU administration clarified, “As per the complaint filed by the administration on January 3, 2020, about the incident in the centre for information system (CIS) data centre, JNU has not claimed any damage to servers on that day. The RTI answers are correct and specific to the questions asked,” the JNU administration said.
The university reiterated that servers were damaged by ‘miscreants’ on January 4. “Before evicting the technical staff, the masked students forced the staff to shut down the systems. They then locked the premises and squatted in front of the centre and did not allow anyone access to the facility. This led to the discontinuation of the winter semester registration, thereby affecting thousands of students,” the administration said.
It further explained that on January 4, a group of miscreants broke into the CIS data centre room and turned off servers, before severely damaging the fibre optic cables, power supply, and the biometric system inside the room.