JNU attack 'state-sponsored', VC must be dismissed: Cong fact-finding committee
Sushmita Dev, member of the committee, said the committee recommended that Kumar should be dismissed immediately and all the appointments in faculty should be probed and independent inquiry should take place. Sonia Gandhi said the CAA is a "discriminatory and divisive" law. "The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines," she alleged.
A fact-finding committee of the Congress on the JNU violence on Sunday said the January 5 attack inside the university campus was "state-sponsored" and recommended Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar be dismissed and criminal investigation initiated against him.
The Congress had appointed a four-member fact-finding committee to carry out a detailed inquiry into the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Sushmita Dev, member of the committee, said the committee recommended that Kumar should be dismissed immediately and all the appointments in faculty should be probed and independent inquiry should take place.
"Criminal investigation must take place against the VC and faculty members and the security company," the Mahila Congress chief said.
"It is clear that the attack on JNU campus was state-sponsored," Dev said. She also demanded a complete rollback of the JNU fee hike.
The other members of the fact-finding committee are Hibi Eden, MP and former NSUI president, Syed Naseer Hussain, MP and former president of JNU NSUI and Amrita Dhawan, a former NSUI president and ex-DUSU president.
Sonia Gandhi said the CAA is a "discriminatory and divisive" law. "The sinister purpose of the law is clear to every patriotic, tolerant and secular Indian: it is to divide the Indian people on religious lines," she alleged.
"At first, the government thought that the NRC exercise could be carried out throughout the country. After the disastrous results of the Assam NRC, the government has hit upon the idea of NPR. Let us not be under any illusion that the NPR is a benign exercise. In form and content, NPR 2020 is a disguised NRC," she said.
On January 5 night, masked people armed with rods and sticks stormed the JNU campus and assaulted students and faculty members, and vandalised property, leaving several people injured.
Leftist outfits and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) blamed each other for the violence.
Demanding immediate sacking of the JNU vice chancellor and the Delhi police commissioner, the Congress had on Saturday said that the entire incident of violence in the university campus should be investigated by an independent judicial commission.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed that the Delhi Police was a guilty party in the entire JNU violence and this statement was being made by him not as a member of the Congress, but as a member of the public who cannot remain oblivious to the truth being shown across TV and print media.
"Both the VC of the JNU as also the commissioner of police of Delhi should be sacked. An independent judicial enquiry should investigate the role of home minister in latently instigating this violence and the Home Ministry officials. So, the buck actually stops at the door of Home Minister Shri Amit Shah," he told reporters.
"This entire assorted drama, where goons were permitted to commit unprecedented violence with active abetment of Delhi Police, needs to be investigated as also the roles identified through an appropriate judicial enquiry," he said.
Surjewala said one more video of the JNU violence has been shown by TV channels and the role of Delhi Police and its commissioner as also the vice chancellor of JNU is circumspect.