Published: 04th July 2018
JNU student who took part in UGC protests kicked out from hostel room, belongings thrown near garbage
The student had asked for an extension of 10-15 days as he is on the verge of completing his thesis but the authorities ended up throwing his belongings out
JNU student Dileep Yadav was asleep last night when he suddenly heard thunderous bangs on his door. He opened the door to find 20 security guards who barged into his room and began to throw his belongings outside, no amount of begging stopped the guards. All this because he's been part of student protests in the past.
Currently, he is completely homeless because he cannot afford to take up a place outside and neither can he stay in a friend's room since the friend would also be in danger of receiving the wrath of the administration. Edex reported on Dileep's situation two weeks ago when he was threatened of the same consequences he's now suffering. The student had been issued repeated notices demanding fines for his involvement with various student protest specifically the UGC Gazette protest where ironically, the students won.
Excessive force: Yadav asks what is the need for this many guards to get just one student to leave
The student, who is also the former President of the United OBC Forum has paid almost Rs 20,000 in fines in the last year just like some others who had also led the protests but unlike the others, he was also forced to shift his hostel almost three times in the last year, as punishment. "They kept issuing me notice after notice asking me to shift from one place to another and I obliged even though they were treating me unfairly. But when I had just 20 days left, they issued me a notice again and I refused to leave. I even write to the authorities and also asked for an extension after that because my work was taking some more time. Now I need just 10-15 days to submit my thesis. Lots of people make requests to extend, it's not unusual at all but here they're throwing me out like this," he explained.
Student rights: Yadav has been part of many protests but went on a hunger strike for the UGC protest
Besides male guards there were also female guards who came to force him out of the room, this Dileep finds strange, "Firstly, why do they need 15-20 people to force one person to get out of the room? The administration is just doing this to spread fear." The student said that the guards didn't even allow him to pack and simply started to throw his things outside near the dustbin,"My books and clothes were all thrown near a dustbin that people throw up in, how can I use them again? Is it right for them to do these things? Is it a violation of student rights?" he questioned.
Since he has only ten days left in the campus and the city, Dileep cannot afford to look for another place to stay for just those few days. "I cannot stay in any other friend's room on campus because I would be putting them in danger and the authorities will begin to question them too. Right now I'm just sitting outside my room along with a few friends. When It becomes night, I'll just sleep outside, I have nowhere else to go. I've sent in a letter, hopefully, I'll hear from them soon," he said.
Eviction mess: Yadav's belongings thrown near the garbage bin
When he was asked about the support he is receiving from his professors, Dileep said he has the support of his professors but they did not have a say when it came to such administrative actions, "I don't want to get any of my professors into trouble either but I know that I have their full support. Some have also offered immediate shelter if I don't find any other place to stay the night," the student said.