JNU sloganeering: Special Cell set to file chargesheet against 8 students

The February 9 event was held to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published:November 13, 2016 3:53 am
The alleged sloganeering took place on February 9 at JNU. (Archive)

Having recorded the statements of eight Kashmiri students who allegedly raised anti-India slogans at an event held in JNU on February 9, the Delhi Police Special Cell said it has concluded its investigation and is likely to submit a chargesheet soon.

Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep confirmed that the statements had been recorded and added, “Before filing a chargesheet, we are gathering some other crucial evidence.”

According to sources, of the eight students, two are from JNU, three from Jamia Millia Islamia and one from Aligarh Muslim University. “The decision to summon them was taken after the raw video footage of the event was examined, and police received the forensic report. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, CBI, found the footage was authentic,” sources said.

They added that letters were sent to the heads of the three central universities, asking them to direct the students to join the probe. Police had identified the students, two of them brothers, after questioning JNU student Umar Khalid and others. “All students said during questioning that they came to know about the event from social networking websites,” sources said.

“Investigators scanned the social media profiles of the eight students and discovered that one of them had posted a slogan raised at the event on Facebook,” sources claimed.

The February 9 event was held to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. After the event, three JNU students — JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khalid — were slapped with charges of sedition and arrested. They were later released on bail.

A high-level enquiry committee, set up by JNU to look into the event, had said in its report that 10-15 “outsiders” who had their faces covered with a “cloth/scarf” had raised slogans. The panel said the presence of these “outsiders” was verified by security staff as well as eyewitnesses.