Hacktivists takeover Jammu varsity website after Kerala students branded 'anti-national'
Jammu: Kerala Cyber Warriors, a hacktivist organisation, hacked the website of Central University of Jammu on Tuesday and posted the recipe on how to prepare 'beef chilli' after a group of Kerala students were attacked in the campus. Kerala students studying at the university alleged that they were beaten up by the students from Jammu who belong to ABVP. The incident occurred after UDAAN, a cultural event, was held on April 12 in the university.
The issue erupted after a folk dance performance by the Kerala students at the event and the verbal spat over the cultural programme resulted in manhandling of Kerala students in the campus by a group of students, alleged ABVP activists. Following the incident, a group of hacktivists called ‘Kerala Cyber Warriors’ hacked the website of Central University of Jammu.
The hackers wrote in the website, quoting vice chancellor Ashok Aima, ‘if you complain, you will not be allowed to write the exam’ when the students approached him for filing a complaint.
“There was some misunderstanding over the dance programme and it created some heated arguments between the two groups. But, after the event, later in the day, a group of 30-35 students beat us near the bus parking area on the campus. We manged to get onto the bus and rushed to hostel. We were followed by them in two cars and two bikes. Like in movies, they attempted to block the bus on the way. But somehow, we reached the hostel safely”, said a Kerala student who was attacked.
“We didn’t get an opportunity to meet the vice chancellor and were asked to end the issue over talks. And we are unaware about the hacking thing, who did it or who told them to do it”, he further said.
In the incident, two Kerala students were seriously beaten up. There are 30 Kerala students in the university.
The incident came to light when the students informed the matter to the Kerala chief minister’s office (CMO). The students also took up the issue with V T Balram MLA and Shashi Tharoor MP. CMO has responded to the students that the office will enquire the details with the university, said students.
How it all began?
The root cause for this anti-Kerala attitude of students began two years back. Students from Kerala formed an SFI unit in the campus and raised the issue of poor quality of food at the hostel and the lack of Wi-Fi facility. They also demanded non-vegetarian food twice a week. Objecting to this, ABVP tagged Kerala students as beef eaters, anti-nationals and advocates of communism.
Following that a delegation of teachers along with ABVP state president visited Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and complained about the anti-national activities on the campus. As the situation worsened, students from Kerala wrote to the chief minister of Kerala to intervene in the issue.
Based on these developments, the university issued a circular banning student politics inside the campus. Thus, the newly formed student organisations were dismantled. But, students, without any political motive continued their dissents against the university's illogical rules.
Recently, students unitedly had organized a protest against the bus fee hike. University has transportation between hostel and university campus, which is 25 km apart. But, the blame of this protest was also put on Kerala students.
A Kerala student said, "after two years of ban, ABVP unit was officially reopened recently and started holding public meetings presided over by university officials. There is a feel of monopoly existing in the university without any political opponents. We also feel that we are targeted. We don’t trust the administration. Even if we complain, soon or later we will be targeted as the culprits."
However, Registrar of the university Dr Ravi Kumar denied the allegations and said "the attack against Kerala students was only politically motivated and a fake story. What had really happened was only a verbal spat between few students after the cultural programme."
The website has been restored now. The university has filed a complaint against the hacking of website.