JNU renews contract of campus security firm despite controversies

Updated: Jan 31 2023 10:04PM

New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday said it has renewed the contract of Cyclops Security – a firm whose staff has been accused of mishandling student protesters and committing theft on the campus. The JNU Teachers' Association and several student bodies have raised the demand of replacing the firm.

"This is for information of all that w.e.f. 01.02.2023 at 0700 hours new Security Service Contract with Cyclops Security will start," the JNU administration said in a statement. "All new Civilian Security Guards will take over the duties from Ex-Serviceman officers Security Guards. All JNU Residents are, therefore, requested to cooperate with the new security guards," the notification added.

The administration said that security is the collective responsibility of all residents and their active cooperation with the security staff is required for a safe and secure campus. Several incidents of theft on the campus have been reported in recent years. JNUTA too highlighted the issue of increasing incidents of theft last year in a statement.