Delhi Police has registered an FIR against a group of JNU students who allegedly smashed into the Central Library and security guards. The library is currently closed to students due to the pandemic.
The incident took place on Tuesday around 10.40 am. According to the JNU Registrar, the students are still invading the library space. And not permitting staff to carry out sanitization Hitting out at the move, the JNU students’ union demanded that the administration reopen the library and restart services at the earliest.
Delhi Police said the group of around 35 students gathered outside the library and protested in front of the gate. They asked the guards to open the gates, but we’re forbidden.
According to the FIR, the guards called a Quick Response Team to disperse the students who were trying to break into the premises. “Students manhandled security personnel and started hitting the library gate with sticks. The glass section of the gate was damaged. The security personnel resisted the attack and didn’t allow the students to enter from the three entrance gates. They (students) then found a small gate, broke the glass pane, and entered the library. The security personnel removed the students from the library,” reads the FIR.
Police said the students continued protesting, manhandled security personnel, violated Covid norms by protesting, and also harmed the library gates. A case under sections of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, DDMA Act, Epidemic Diseases Act and IPC was registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj police station.
The JNUSU said in a statement, The administration must withdraw the FIR and focus on actual issues faced by the JNU community. We also extend our solidarity with students named in the FIR and demand that the JNU administration and Delhi Police immediately withdraw the false complaint.