JNU violence must be investigated by a judicial commission.

JNU Violance

Delhi Police’s
press conference on the JNU issue yesterday was deeply disappointing though not
surprising given the nature of the political pressure on the police and ‘ready
to do anything’ variety of officers violating commitment to the constitution of
India.

JNU faced
unprecedented violence on January 5th in the night when masked goons attacked the university students and
faculties as the administration watched silently and police did not intervene.
The hollowness of police claims was exposed by various new-portals how the
JNUSU president tried to contact the police but remained unresponsive. The
visuals of teachers and student being beaten with iron rods shocked the nation
and exposed the ABVP which has become a lawless militia of ruling party to
threaten the dissent and divergent views.

The images of the President of JNUSU Aishe Ghosh beaten with rods should remind us how the goons and thugs being trained to threaten and intimidate women activists. A woman teacher too was thrashed and she was admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences but what happens after five days?

The Delhi police shows the ‘photographs’ of the ‘accused’ of the JNU violence name AISA, SFI and AISF for the violence but does not speak a single sentence about the ABVP, the organisation accused by most of the students as instigating and indulging in the violence against the students. The entire press conference looked like a well-planned ‘narrative’ setter for the evening news particularly those who started the campaign ‘tukde tukde gang’ and it started. The slaves started chanting ‘goons unmasked’ and shamelessly started calling Aishe Ghosh, the JNUSU president a goon. It is terrible that police and the media are trying to create such an impression when a young student leader who happen to a girl is being portrayed as a goon or a criminal while those who destroyed property, hit at the students remained unidentified till date as per police version. Who will police the police? Who will investigate their complicity in the entire episode?

Police all over
the country hast never been as unprofessional as today. Former Director General
of Police of Uttar Pradesh, Mr Vikram Singh openly castigated the Delhi police
and blamed them for their mischief. They can’t investigate an issue which they
are accused. The problem is trust of people have gone from all the government
agencies so far. The courts are the last resort but they too have been too slow
and sometime preachy on these issues that they have terribly disappointed us
yet we will still feel that a multimember judicial commission can be formed to
look into major cases of police complicity in both Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to
give a broader framework to discipline the police.

India Today’s
expose has unmasked the Delhi police’s political complicity with the JNU goons.
Delhi police will have to work doubly hard but they will not succeed unless
their officer come out of the mindset which has already declared students other
than ABVP as criminal or urban Naxal. We know politicians of small mind leading
today and donning the department which once interrogated them but at the end of
the day, it is the police administration as well as bureaucracy which has to
function and act. We all know that police and administration have to work under
the government and there are pressures on them but if the police work where
their complicity is openly visible and innocent are being booked while the
goons are being let off then the time for all of us to worry. It is time for
the Supreme Court to intervene.

We have faith in
our highest court but in our life, timings are very important. If a decision
come after five months of a state under complete internet ban then what does it
mean. How will court’s order benefit individuals if they are unimplementable or
do not benefit directly. The courts are giving great judgement but it is time
they do more. The country is in a serious crisis as political leadership feel
that anarchy suits them well politically and that by polarising people, they
would be ensuring their return. People have to remain vigilant against such
ideas and continue with their struggle.

Supreme Court
has ordered that section
144 is not a temporary thing and cannot be
used every now and then to stop political dissent. Similarly, it has declared
internet as fundamental rights.

Will now the
government and the administration think of these things according to Supreme
Court guidelines. We hope good sense will prevail and government will not
criminalise the students who do not agree with it. it is time to seriously
listen to their voices and concern and not to divide them between ‘nationalists
verses nationalists’. How can a party or a leadership be so crude to term their
own countrymen as anti-national? Time has come to stop uttering these words and
listen to the voices protesting and take back all the cases against students
and other activists who protesting against the act. Government has to take
initiative and not dictate and dominate through its ministers and
administration. Withdraw all the cases JNUSU leaders and file cases against
those who spread goondaism and terror in the campus and damaged the property.
Will the police have the courage and independence to do so?

Vidya Bhushan
Rawat

January 11th, 2020

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