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‘Freedom for Kashmir’ poster put up in JNU campus; varsity administration removed it

Freedom for Kashmir poster again resurfaced on a wall inside Jawaharlal Nehru University campus prompting the college administration to pull it off on Thursday.

The poster was found by some students who brought it to the varsity administration’s notice and it was removed by the security guards in the evening. The ones who put it up weren’t identified yet.

The poster which read “Freedom for Kashmir, free Palestine! Right to self-determination, long live!” was signed by the ultra-Left student political wing Democratic Students Union (DSU).

The poster  was seen by the students at the new block of School of Social Sciences (SSS), who then chose to involve the administration regarding its presence. The JNU authorities ordered the university security to remove the poster. “We don’t know who put up the poster as this has been the pattern in JNU. However, the administration has asked the staff to bring it down,” a senior university official said.

“The university has already lost precious time and energy in such unnecessary controversies. Unfortunately a small group of people are still trying to create another ruckus and vitiate the academic environment. We don’t know who put up the poster as this has been the pattern in JNU. However, the administration has asked the staff to bring it down,” a senior university official said.

Three JNU students, then member of Democratic Students’ Union (DSU) Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bahttacharya – were arrested in February last year on sedition charges in connection with an event on the campus where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Umar Khalid, Mr. Bhattacharya and former student union president Kanhaiya Kumar are out on bail.

Last week, the BJP-linked student body ABVP had objected to an invitation to JNU student Umar Khalid to speak at a seminar at Delhi University’s Ramjas College. While the college administration withdrew the invitation following opposition by the ABVP, it led widespread violence after clashes between the ABVP and the Left-affiliated All India Students’ Association (AISA).

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