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Students have kept Associate Dean in 'illegal detention': JNU VC

Students have kept Associate Dean in illegal detention: JNU VC

New Delhi: A new drama unfolded at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday with University's Vice Chancellor (VC) alleging that students have kept Associate Dean of Students in "illegal detention".

Taking to Twitter VC, Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar said, "Dr. Vandana Mishra, Associate Dean of Students being kept in illegal captivity by some JNU students since morning. She is still confined in her class room in SIS building. Her health is deteriorating. This is shameful and unbecoming of students." He also tweeted a few pictures along with it.

However, students have called it a lie and alleged that the dean has kept them waiting since 9 in the morning. "There was no meeting. We have been with Vandana Mishra since 9 am. And there has been no result. She is saying things like 'fee hike will happen, and students who can't afford it, it's their headache," said a student who was a part of the protest.

Meanwhile, the VC has said that the admin has cleared its stance on the new hostel manual. "JNU administration has already clarified issues related to hostel manual earlier. See below. Confining a lady faculty member since morning in SIS building is unfortunate. She is still under illegal confinement by some JNU students. Needs condemnation in strongest words," he said.

Earlier on Thursday, the admin had demanded that students stop protesting and go back to resuming their classes.

No classes have been taking place for over a week, as thousands of students staged sit-in protest demanding the cancellation and rejection of the Draft Hostel Manual.

Regular protests have started taking place. The Millennium Post also saw an increase in police personnel outside the campus gate on Friday.

Students are demanding that the new hostel manual be rejected. "We only have three demands –Release official notification stating clearly that IHA Meeting held on 28/10/19 stands cancelled and reject the Draft Hostel Manual," said a statement by JNUSU.

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