The NSUI students were also fined on the grounds that they had protested against the compulsory attendance implemented in the varsity.
As Pakoda Protest gathers steam across the nation, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) too has been affected by the movement. The university has slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 each on four National Students Union of India (NSUI) members for facilitating a protest by selling pakodas on February 5. The protest was against the statement made by PM Narendra Modi on a national television in which he said that selling pakodas and earning money is also a form of employment. The NSUI students were also fined on the grounds that they had protested against the compulsory attendance implemented in the varsity. Three of the students – Alimuddin, Mukesh Kumar and Manish Meena – have been punished by being transferred to other hostels and hostel facilities have been withdrawn from the fourth one – Vikas Yadav, for two semesters. The campus has seen a string of protests over the issue of attendance — on Saturday, a human chain was formed on campus.
A report by the Chief Proctor accessed by The Indian Express states that the students were held guilty of blocking traffic at the Sabarmati bus stand at T-point near Administrative Block since February 5, due to which inconvenience was caused to students, teachers, staff, visitors and schoolchildren. The order also read that vehicles carrying essential items for hostel was affected.
Further, the students were involved in forceful cooking of food at the protest site in spite of repeated requests from CSO (chief security officer) to not commit the act. The students had forcefully laid an electric cable for screening of a movie at protest site at night, alleged the order dated February 9. The order cited letter dated February 8 and stated that the Chief Proctor had asked to clear the blockade immediately and had also warned that strict disciplinary action would be taken.