While the JNUSU has demanded his resignation, M Jagadesh Kumar says that the attack was carried out to hamper the educational process in the JNU. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Amid the Left Vs Right debate in the JNU mob attack, new information has emerged that highlights Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar’s role on that fateful day. Screen shots of WhatsApp chats that are now part of the probe by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch show how Kumar had told the cops to be stationed on the gates while terrified calls were made by students to PCR about rod-wielding masked mob. According to a report by the Indian Express, at 6:24 pm, when the mob attack was at its peak and students were screaming for help at Periyar and Sabarmati hostels, Kumar WhatsApp senior cops saying, “Considering the volatile situation in JNU campus, I request you to station police at the gates of JNU campus so that they can quickly reach the trouble spot in the campus if a law and order situation arises.”
The timing of the WhatsApp chat raises questions as to why did Kumar ask cops ‘to be stationed’ at the gates instead of asking them to enter the campus and quelling the riots.
It's been more than four days and not a single arrest has been made so far in the JNU attack. As many as 11 cases have been filed including an FIR against JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh for damaging the server room inside the campus.
The Vice-Chancellor has faced lots of criticism for his conduct and the trust deficit between him and the students. While the JNUSU has demanded his resignation, Kumar says that the attack was carried out to hamper the educational process in the university. However, the Delhi Police PRO has rejected the latest media report on the JNU probe. “Several media reports have appeared attributing various ‘findings’ to fact finding committee It is reiterated that these are INCORRECT (sic),” the Delhi Police said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the police have collected dump data of mobile phones of people from campus to identify the culprits behind the Sunday's assault on the JNU students, officials said on Wednesday. Police said that several students have come forward to share information regarding the incident on Sunday after police made a public appeal requesting people to share information, footage and video clips relating to the incident. "Many students contacted on the given number and came forward to share details of the attack but when asked if they would be able to identify those involved in the attack, they said they would not be able to identify them," a senior officer said on condition of anonymity.