New Delhi. A Congress fact-finding committee that inquired into the mob violence at JNU on January 5 has singled out Vice Chancellor Jagadeesh M Kumar as the “mastermind” behind the attack and called for his immediate dismissal. The party has also demanded a “criminal investigation” against Mr Kumar and others for “conspiring with the attackers to unleash the violence” and that Delhi Police be held accountable for their conduct during the attack.
In a detailed document released this afternoon, which also accused Delhi Police of allowing attackers to move freely around the campus, the party alleged the Vice Chancellor’s actions “point to connivance and complicity with the attackers” and said he had “meticulously infiltrated the university with people… compliant to him and had… inclination to right wing ideology”.
The Congress’s report has suggested that lapses in campus security – that allowed weapon-wielding goons to enter and carry out the violence – were “pre-meditated, pre-planned… targeted violence to intimidate fear in students and faculty”.
The report pointed to discrepancies between the university’s official statement on the violence and that released by the cops; according to the report JNU officials called the cops at about 4.30 pm, but the cops said there were only allowed to enter at about 7.45 pm.
In their first official statement Delhi Police also said the violence took place at a spot far away from where their personnel had been stationed.