The Alumni of the National Law University, Delhi have issued a statement, condemning the police action of detaining a student representative of the University and a safai karmchari, who had gathered outside the University campus in relation to alleged unlawful termination of the University's sanitation workers.
The alumni have also expressed disappointment in the University administration, allegedly for not intervening in the matter.
"We, the undersigned alumni of National Law University, Delhi express solidarity with the student representatives and workers. NLUD Workers- Students Solidarity has led a commendable and dignified effort towards the reinstatement of 55 workers over the past several months.
We also unequivocally condemn that the police were allowed to detain Ekta Tomar and Neetu Yadav, and that no one from the administration came to talk to them," the statement signed by 172 alumni reads.
As per the factual report released by NLUD Workers- Students Solidarity group on June 19, they had assembled outside the campus, not to protest but for enforcement of Delhi Labour Ministry's order dated June 15, whereby the University had been directed to reinstate all the 55 safai karmcharis. However, the Police forcefully took Neetu Singh Yadav (Workers' Representative) in custody, and subsequently Ekta Tomar (Student Representative) was taken into custody for allegedly 'instigating workers to protest'.
"The University administration did nothing to intervene and prevent this despite being aware of these events including the fact of police presence at the University gate. This inaction reveals that administration's acquiescence at best and involvement at worst, both of which are deeply troubling," the alumni said.
Terming the incident to be "shocking" and "shameful", the alumni said,
"This brutal stifling of voices which were only trying to discuss the implementation of the order issued by the Hon'ble Labour Minister is inexcusable and is not expected from the National Law University, Delhi.
We hope that no further coercive actions are taken by the University against the student or worker in question or against any other individual involved in the effort for the worker's reinstatement. We also hope that this incident is an aberration and never again will a student of National Law University, Delhi face coercive criminal action for upholding the rule of law and supporting the social mandate as per the University's vision."
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