SPPU site's 'controversial' content under scanner

ST Correspondent
Friday, 31 May 2019

Panel set up; cops check ‘Naxal links’

Pune: Following the allegations and revelations that  a particular ‘content’ regarding the Naxal movement was uploaded on the website of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), the University has appointed a committee of researchers to look into the matter, to verify whether the allegations are true.

Meanwhile, the SPPU has already clarified that the content about the Naxal movement does not encourage the movement in any way.

The University was in the news on Wednesday, since a few controversial documents related to the Naxal movement were said to have been uploaded on the University website, in the section of Social Sciences and Humanities Department. As the news spread, the University conducted a primary inspection, after which no controversial content was found.

“The said content is a part of the research regarding human rights, and it has been included only for reference. The University has no connection to it,” SPPU Vice-Chancellor Dr Nitin Karmalkar said. He also added that although the content has not been found to be objectionable in the primary inspection, the University has still appointed the committee to ensure the same. The committee comprises University researchers and retired police officers. 

“The content in question is a part of study material, in the period between 2003 and 2008. We are going to check thoroughly whether or not it has any connection with the Naxal movement. We are probing into the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Mitesh Ghatte said.

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