03 March 2016:
“Our struggle has witnessed significant progress today but the fight isn’t over yet. Tomorrow our JNUSU president will be with us and will lead the new phase of this movement,” stated Shehla Rashid at the administration building to a crowd of over 800 students and faculty members alike at 10:00pm yesterday.
Slogans condemning the BJP government, RSS, ABVP and Delhi Police filled the air in a “Victory March” held from Sabarmati Dhaba to the Administration Building celebrating the release of Kanhaiya Kumar. Justice Pratibha Rani granted an interim bail of six months to Kumar at the Delhi High court earlier in the evening.
The enquiry committee formed by JNU administration is due to release their report on the February 9 event today.
“The enquiry committee has not approached any of the eight students for their opinion and this says a lot about the credibility of the report that will be realised”, Shehla mentioned. The eight students, which include JNUSU President and General Secretary, have been debarred from academic activities by the administration pending a disciplinary enquiry into the February 9 event.
General Secretary of JNUSU, Rama Naga, also addressed the crowd condemning slogans raised against the release of Kanhaiya Kumar by members of ABVP a day earlier in Periyar Hostel.
“Joint Secretary Saurabh Sharma gave entry to Zee news and ANI reporters on February 9,” he added referring to the pages of the security register at North Gate. The two news agencies are allegedly reported to have shown doctored videos of the February 9 event.
Rama Naga also thanked JNUTA and the student community to have been constantly supporting this struggle.
“This verdict has given us the strength to fight stronger and we will not stop until charges against our comrades [Umar and Anirban] are withdrawn and they are back with us on campus,” he added.
Dhaval Bhate is a student at CSSS and works for the News Pool of The Informer
Kumar Prashant is a student at CRS and works for The Informer