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JNU clashes: University sets up proctorial committee

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University set up a proctorial committee on Wednesday to inquire into an event organised by some former members of Democratic Students’ Union (DSU) that led to violent clashes on the campus.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a protest outside the office of the vice chancellor on Wednesday to protest over the event against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

An ABVP delegation also met Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar.

A decision was later taken by the university to form a four-member proctorial committee which will be headed by Professor Kishan Kumar.

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union joint secretary Saurabh Sharma, of the ABVP, said they demand an inquiry against all the 10 students who had organised this event.

He said the university administration should ensure that such incidents do not happen in the campus again, and if the university fails to take an action in a week, then “a campus strike will be carried out”.

The varsity witnessed violent clashes between two students groups on Tuesday night over the event after which police were deployed to maintain law and order.

While the organisers originally got the permission to hold this event, it was withdrawn after the ABVP complained to the administration.