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FIR registered after students break into JNU library, clash with staffers

The Jawaharlal Nehru University administration on Thursday alleged {that a} group of students broke into the central library and clashed with the staffers following which an FIR was registered with the police.

The college claimed that the students have been occupying the library for the final two days. The chief proctor workplace has been tasked with taking mandatory disciplinary motion in opposition to these students as per the college guidelines, it stated.

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According to the police, the incident occurred on June 8 and primarily based on a grievance from the college’s Chief Security Officer, a case was registered on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Ingit Pratap Singh stated: “Based on the complaint, a case was registered under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, Delhi Disaster Management Act and prevention of damage to public property Act.”

Truce assembly

No arrest has been made within the case to date, police stated, including {that a} assembly between the students and chief librarian was held.

The varsity stated a gaggle of students scuffled with the safety staffers, broke open the facet glass door of the B.R. Ambedkar Library, entered the principle studying room of the constructing on June 8 and has occupied the house since then. It added that they didn’t vacate the constructing even through the night time.

COVID norms flouted

“When no amount of persuasion by the librarian and the security personnel convinced these students against violating the law and COVID-19 guidelines, the JNU security office lodged a police complaint in view of the seriousness of the issue. It has been found that these students do not even use masks or follow other COVID-19 related guidelines,” the college assertion stated.

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The curfew imposed by the Delhi authorities remains to be in place and no new pointers have but been introduced concerning resuming regular tutorial actions, it stated.

In a press release, the college stated: “This [incident] has caused health risk for library staffers and even other students residing in the hostels, since these unruly students return to hostel for lunch and dinner or other purposes.”

“The students occupying the space are not permitting library staffers to sanitise the building for making it safer for students who will use the library after restoration of normalcy. All these students are instructed to vacate the library immediately,” it stated.

A pupil, requesting anonymity, stated: “The library has not opened for a long time, which has left PhD students frustrated. Students have their submissions due and have not been able to access the library. The students entered the library but there was no violence.”

Meanwhile, JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) termed the varsity’s motion as an “intimidation tactic” and demanded withdrawal of the FIR. In a press release issued, the students’ physique stated: “The JNUSU reiterates that the university administration must reopen the library at the earliest. The administration must also withdraw the FIR and focus on issues faced by the JNU community.”

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