Acting on the recommendations of the enquiry committee set up to probe into the February 9 incident involving the support for hanged terrorist Afzal Guru, the JNU administration rusticated Umar Khalid for a semester and fined both him and JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar.
Two other students, Anirban Bhattacharya and Mujeeb Gattoo, were rusticated too. While Bhattacharya has been rusticated till July 15, Gattoo has been sent down for two semesters.
Bhattacharya will not be able to pursue any course at JNU for the next 5 years.
The committee found Umar and Anirban guilty of triggering communal violence and disrupting communal harmony on campus.
The February 9 incident triggered a chain of events leading to a nationwide uproar over how the universities have become political battlegrounds where anti-national activities were being encouraged. Similarly, the other side of the debate revolved around the need for the right to free expression by all.
Umar, Kanhaiya and Anirban were booked on sedition charges and put in prison. They were released on bail in March.
Fines of Rs.10,000 and Rs.20,000 have been slapped on 12 other students involved in the February 9 sloganeering as well. Some students have been asked to stay off the campus.
Kanhaiya and Umar claim they never raised anti-India slogans.
Twitterati did not miss the joke.
Umar Khalid: “What’s my punishment?”
JNU Panel: “We won’t let you study for one semester.”
Umar: “That’s alright but what’s the punishment?”
— Be’Havin! (@WrongDoc) April 25, 2016
Guess whoever pays for the flights/cross country travel will also pay the fine. https://t.co/AZJsnCkgH4
— Samas (@samas777) April 25, 2016
Umar Khalid has been rusticated for one semester. Ah well, looks like he has won a holiday to campaign against BJP in upcoming state polls 😉
— गीतिका (@ggiittiikkaa) April 25, 2016
Umar Khalid suspended for a semester. Now for six months he has no work to do so he’ll be Umar Khali.
— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) April 25, 2016
Umar Khalid rusticated for a semester … usey bada padhna tha jaise 😂😂
— …. (@drsaem) April 25, 2016