JNU Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar on Saturday (December 14) claimed that a group of 15-20 students surrounded him “in a violent manner” on the campus and abused and tried to attack him but the university security staff and police personnel rescued him.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University has been seeing protests for one-and-a-half months over hike in hostel fees and the students have boycotted exams over the issue.
Kumar said he had gone to oversee how the exams were going on when he was surrounded by students. He said around 4.30 pm, he and other officials came out of the administration block and visited the School of Biotechnology, which is within 100 metres of the administration block.
Thereafter, they went to the School of Arts and Aesthetics. “When we were coming back, 15-20 students in a violent manner surrounded me with an intention to physically assault me. They were planning to attack me and were very abusive,” he told PTI.
He said he was rescued by security guards and policemen in civil clothes who tried to take him away in a security vehicle but the crowd did not allow it.
“I got off the vehicle and moved ahead of the crowd by 20-30 metres,” Kumar said. “And then I got into my car. They damaged the car and didn’t allow the car to move. My driver’s presence of mind helped and he reversed the car and rescued me.”
After he left, the VC said, the students entered the administration block and ransacked it in violation of the Delhi High Court order which prohibits protests within 100 metres of the building. “This is very very unbecoming of the students,” he told.
The attack on the Vice Chancellor’s office has been caught on surveillance camera, Mr Kumar said today, adding that “appropriate action will be taken against the protesters”.
Earlier this week, the court had asked the police to ensure security when the vice-chancellor and other officials entered the administration block, which the students had been occupying for over a month.