Afzal Guru protests: Police slap charges of sedition, conspiracy

On Tuesday, students had clashed over an event organised on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged. Police had to be deployed on campus to restore order.

Written by Aranya Shankar , Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published:February 12, 2016 3:10 am
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Delhi Police Thursday registered charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy against ‘unknown people’ after a fracas between student groups in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) earlier this week.

On Tuesday, students had clashed over an event organised on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged. Police had to be deployed on campus to restore order.

According to JNU registrar Bupinder Zutshi, the university’s Proctorial Committee, which was probing “indiscipline” by the students, has been given two weeks to submit its report. The students had gone ahead with the programme even after permission to hold it was withdrawn by the administration.

“The three-member committee is being headed by Professor Rakesh Bhatnagar and includes Professor Himadri Bohidar and Professor Suman Kumar Dhar, who are all senior faculty members with no political or party leanings. Given the urgency of the matter, we have given them two weeks to submit their report,” said Zutshi.

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The FIR was lodged after BJP MP from East Delhi Maheish Girri gave a written complaint against “anti-constitutional and anti-national elements” in JNU to Police Commissioner B S Bassi. Girri also wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani and sought their intervention to “stop such activities.”

A case under Section 124A (sedition) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) has been registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj North police station, confirmed Deputy Commissioner of Police Prem Nath.

According to sources, police have collected video footage of the event from students as well as the media and have also questioned several students. The police will also investigate the alleged use of arms used during the protest.

Earlier in the day, Zutshi met with JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and secretary Rama Naga Thursday, who have expressed apprehensions about the probe.

“All three members belong to the science stream… not one of them is from the social sciences… neither do they represent the marginalised sections, which some of the accused students belong to. We tried to put these issues before the registrar, but we are not confident if they will be addressed,” said Kumar.

While the JNUSU has condemned the “anti-national” and “undemocratic” slogans raised during the event Tuesday, the ABVP has accused the student union of having “double standards” and speaking up too late.

“At the outset, we would like to condemn the undemocratic slogans that were raised by some people on that day. It is important to note that the slogans were not raised by members of the Left organisations or JNU students. In fact, when the sloganeering took place, it was the Left progressive organisations and students who asked the organisers to stop slogans that are regressive,” read a JNUSU statement.

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    Beena
    Feb 12, 2016 at 6:16 am
    What pains more is that JNU is funded by taxpayers money, Our money. I didn't pay taxes to make these anti nationals enjoy the benefits of subsidised food, hostel and education facilities. Please take strict action and weed them out.
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      KS
      Feb 12, 2016 at 12:37 am
      The most eloquent madra in the country is JNU!
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        Kanu Patel
        Feb 12, 2016 at 4:46 am
        Bring all anti national elements and political brain behind them to book. Democracy has also a Laxman Rekha ,these elements are to be handled with heavy hand. I hope Delhi Police will act to discourage such incidents in future.
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          MyTake
          Feb 12, 2016 at 6:15 am
          First give one week's notice for trouble makers to come forward on their own. Give them somewhat lighter penalty (if you have to) if they admit to mischief! Who ever do not come out forward, catch then and put heavier penalty on them.
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            US NRI
            Feb 12, 2016 at 7:00 am
            Beware of commenting against students. You will be called bhakt
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              US NRI
              Feb 12, 2016 at 3:22 am
              Imagine what will happen to a terrorist attacking white house or UK parliament. They won't even get body back. They will make sure to bury him in the ocean so no heroes are created
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                Yogesh
                Feb 12, 2016 at 5:19 am
                So pls throw these mosquitos out of Uni - Why Indian authorities so lame - if this was stan then the student would have been nicely canes
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                  Agastya M
                  Feb 11, 2016 at 11:34 pm
                  I'm wondering what is the purpose of a students union. If at all needed they must restrict their activities to ensuring on campus light entertainment or discussing exam schedules. Political affiliations in a place of books and learning is dangerous. Especially in India as caste and creed are also factors. This results in a students union being a representative of a mainstream party. Not good.
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                    T S
                    Feb 12, 2016 at 7:57 am
                    Unless strict laws and strict punishment given by the courts these type of things will repeat in India. In my opinion our law is for those who are living as humen beings not for criminals and wild animals those who felt crime is status symbol.
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                      Anand
                      Feb 12, 2016 at 10:16 am
                      Can't help.....bhakts are every where......
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                        Rajesh
                        Feb 12, 2016 at 9:45 am
                        Do these JNU criminals know that among the 11 people murdered by Afzal Guru and his jihadis at Parliament in 2001 were 6 Delhi Police officers (including one female officer) ? You can be sure that Delhi Police will give these anti-nationals dogs the sort of treatment they deserve.
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                          disgusted
                          Feb 12, 2016 at 5:41 am
                          Aaptards are shamelessly mum on this!
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                            DA
                            Feb 12, 2016 at 9:19 am
                            This is a unique example of Indian tolerance - use the taxpayer money to fund an insution that raises a potent fifth column. Right in the national capital. True, this sort of dissent is common in American universities, but they tend to not rely on taxpayer funds. Even more dismaying is that many of these individuals will go on to work in media, and will continue to spew venom against the country and Her people. This is possible only in India. Why bother arresting spies and tackling terror - we seem pretty good at breeding our own enemies.
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                              michael
                              Feb 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm
                              There is need to bury this so called left party permanantly and make it under history of india
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                                michael
                                Feb 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                                They must be booked under NSA more important is to get the people under whose patronage they ate getting this courage to behave like this
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                                  rameshnk
                                  Feb 12, 2016 at 4:35 am
                                  This is the height of intolerance. Where are the so called leftists, intellectuals, Rahul Baba, Kejri.JDU,TMC and others. Those who comment and make visits at the drop of the hat, where are they?. These leftists are anti national. This case should not be taken lightly. All the accused should be expelled and tried under sedition laws. The same thing happened at Hyderabad. It all started with so called students with leftistt leaning s supporting Yakub Memon. It was naturally objected by ABVP. Others did not bother! What does a Dalit student have in common with Yakub Memon. Why their heart bleeds for Yakub Memon. Where is Rahul
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                                    GDR
                                    Feb 12, 2016 at 5:11 am
                                    The leftist movement in JNU and JMI is a fake one because it has become a fashion to be a leftist comrade in those campuses. And they hardly know the ideologies of Marx and Lenin.. According to this misguided youths being pro-poor is communism. Just to stand out different and show their pseudo-intellectualism they stand in protests against the state and its chosen Govt. who is paying for their studies. The Govt should show teeth to slap sedition charges and prosecute against these ignorant, ideologically lost, good for nothing youths: and make an example out of them,
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                                      G M
                                      Feb 12, 2016 at 9:11 pm
                                      Dear ,V. C. these are elements planted by B. J. P. to divert attention of nation from it's decimal performance and the siege of BHOJ MOSQUE . All the anti national elements consider the dreaded terrorist NATHU RAM GODSE as their role model to harm India . This incidents is stage managed by the B.J.P just as a excuse for saffronisation of J.N.U. campus to fulfill the desire of R.S.S. .
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                                        G M
                                        Feb 12, 2016 at 9:58 am
                                        These anti social elements resembles Dreaded Terrorist Nathu Ram Godse. Therefore B.J.P. government Will encourage them instead of punishing to reap electoral benefits. Raj Nath's claim is just lip service. J. N. U. please defy B. J. P. and become nationalist to defeat anti nationals and supporter of Nathu Ram Godse.Obviously these J. N. U. slogan mongers are planted by B. J. P. to divert attention from important issues like BHOJ MASJID siege and benefit them in elections.
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                                          G M
                                          Feb 12, 2016 at 9:51 am
                                          These anti social elements resembles Dreaded Terrorist Nathu Ram Godse. Therefore B.J.P. government Will encourage them instead of punishing to reap electoral benefits. Raj Nath's claim is just lip service. J. N. U. please defy B. J. P. and become nationalist to defeat anti nationals and supporter of Nathu Ram Godse.Obviously these J. N. U. slogan mongers are planted by B. J. P. to divert attention from important issues like BHOJ MASJID siege and benefit them in elections.
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                                            Gopala Shivamogga
                                            Feb 12, 2016 at 4:28 am
                                            Only Presute use "Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru". Arre he is a terrorist, why cannot Indian express use this. Even The Indian Express is affraid of Kashmiri Thugs. Only they shows their venom against majority of the country like us. Shame on you TIE.
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