Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleged on Monday that the university students forcibly entered his home and confined his wife inside for several hours.
Seven students have been on a hunger strike since last week in protest against the online system of entrance exam that will be implemented from this academic session.
According to sources, students from Left outfits went to the vice-chancellor’s home to demand a meeting with him since he had not been meeting them. When they went to meet him last week, he offered them sweets rather than addressing their concerns.
On Monday evening, the students allegedly barged inside Kumar’s home while he was away and surrounded his wife. Police were called in and the wives of other university professors rescued her, a professor said.
Kumar’s wife was rushed to a hospital as she was in a state of trauma.
“This evening few hundred students forcibly broke into my JNU residence and confined my wife inside home for several hours while I was away in a meeting. Is it the way to protest? Terrorosing (sic) a lonely lady at home?” Kumar asked on Twitter.
This evening few hundred students forcibly broke into my JNU residence and confined my wife inside home for several hours while I was away in a meeting. Is it the way to protest? Terrorosing a lonely lady at home?
— Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) 25 March 2019
In a follow up tweet, he however said that neither he nor his wife would file a police complaint against the students adding that they have forgiven them.
While last night’s violent behavior by students in front my JNU residence is condemnable, neither me nor my wife will file a police complaint against the students. We have forgiven them. Wish them the best and hope they will reform and not repeat such acts in future.
— Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) 26 March 2019
A student from a Left outfit rejected the allegation and said a group of students had gone to meet the vice-chancellor, but they were allegedly manhandled by security personnel.
“We had gone to his residence to meet the V-C. We were manhandled by security personnel and many students have sustained injuries, including JNUSU president N Sai Balaji,” the student said.
(With PTI inputs)