New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a surprising revelation, a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that the biometrics systems and CCTV cameras in Jawaharlal Nehru University’s server room were not vandalised on January 3. The response from the RTI refutes the claims made by the JNU administration in its FIR against the vandalism in the varsity campus prior to the attack on January 5.

In the FIR filed on January 5, the varsity administration claimed that a group of students broke a glass door and entered the Centre for Information System (CIS) and damaged the servers and made them dysfunctional. The FIR also stated that the students also severely damaged the fibre optic cables power supplies and also broke the biometric systems inside the room.

Responding to the RTI, filed under the ‘life and liberty’ clause by an activist, the JNU administration has now said that the main server of the university at the CIS was shut down on January 3 and had stopped functioning the next day "due to power supply disruption", reported News18.

The RTI reply also stated that no continuous CCTV footage is available from the CCTV cameras installed at the main gate of the university from 3 pm to 11 pm of January 5, the day when around 50 masked assailants entered the campus and attacked the students and teachers with sticks, rods and sledgehammers.

The RTI response by the administration highlights the discrepancies in the FIR registered by the administration and various statements made by the varsity to the media. JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadish Kumar had also alleged that the attack on January 5 had its origins in the vandalism done by students on the previous day inside the server room.  

Jagadish Kumar had also claimed that the mob had entered the campus on January 4 itself and suggested that the attack was perpetrated by Left-affiliated students. He had also claimed that broken biometric systems affected winter semester registration.

On January 5, some 50 masked assailants armed with iron rods and sticks entered the JNU campus and thrashed the students and faculty present there, leaving around 34 people injured including JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh. The attackers also vandalised the property.

Leftist outfits and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) blamed each other for the violence. The incident was widely criticised and protests, mostly led by student communities, were held across the country.

The SIT created to probe the incident later released photographs of 9 suspects in the attack and had claimed that JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh led the mob that attacked the Periyar hostel in the campus. However, Ghosh immediately after the accusations claimed that she has proof of attack on her and also accused the police of conducting a biased investigation.  

Posted By: Talib Khan