New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University administration on Thursday withdrew the private security cover provided to students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar. The university sent a notice to Kumar stating that the security will be continued only after dues of Rs 5 lakh are paid.
The decision to withdraw the security cover to Kumar came after JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Kumar also wrote to the vice-chancellor requesting personal security as his “life was under threat”. The letter stated that Kumar had already been provided security cover by Delhi Police on orders from the HC.
Sources said that after getting orders from the VC, the chief security officer withdrew the security on Thursday midnight. “The university can’t bear such high cost for personal security of a single individual. The campus is safe and there is security everywhere,” said a JNU official requesting anonymity.
After Kumar’s arrest and subsequent bail in the sedition case lodged against him, he was offered police security by the Delhi high court. However, he wrote to the VC that he didn’t want Delhi Police personnel inside the campus. The JNU administration then engaged four personnel of Group 4 who used to be stationed at his hostel and accompany him everywhere in the campus.
A senior officer from the Delhi Police security wing said that Kumar had been provided three policemen to guard him in shifts of eight hours irrespective of his location on the instructions from the high court. However, as per logs maintained by the security unit, Kumar would only take the security of Delhi Police when he stepped out of JNU or was going outside Delhi.