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Emergency-like situation, says Left after arrest of JNU students’ union president

Delhi Police had registered charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy against ‘unknown people’ after a fracas between student groups in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) earlier this week.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2016 8:25 pm
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JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested in a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy for holding an anti-national event inside the university premises, was on Friday remanded to three-day police custody by a Delhi court.

Kanhaiya was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen where the police sought his custodial interrogation for five days to ascertain the alleged links of the accused persons, including those who are allegedly absconding, with terrorist groups.

The police told the court that Kanhaiya was also required to be interrogated for the purpose of identification of other accused who were seen shouting “anti-national” slogans during the event organised in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus on February 9.

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The police also placed on record a CD of the event which the judge played inside the court room on a computer.

Kanhaiya told the court that he was neither shouting any slogan nor saying anything against integrity of the country and said he had rushed to the spot only to prevent a clash between ABVP workers and students organising the event.

He claimed in the court that this was a politically-motivated case and he was being framed by the police as he had defeated the ABVP candidate in the presidential elections of the JNU students’ union (JNUSU).

He told the court that he did not endorse the slogans against India in any manner and has full faith in the Constitution of the country.

“I dissociate myself from the slogans which were shouted in the event. I have full faith in the Constitution of the country and I always say that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” Kanhaiya told the court.

After the CD was played inside the court room, the judge asked Kanhaiya about the identity of the persons who were seen shouting slogans in favour of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged after being awarded death penalty by the court, and Pakistan.

Responding to the court’s query, the accused said he did not know all of them as they were outsiders but he can identify all the students who are from JNU.

After the arrest, the varsity students and teachers protested outside the Vice Chancellor’s office demanding the administration’s intervention into the manner in which students are being compared to “terrorists” and picked up from campus by policemen in plain clothes.

Equating the events with an “emergency-like situation”, CPI-M Sitaram Yechury said, “The question is that do you know who raised the slogans? Take action according to law against them. When you don’t know then how are you arresting all the student leaders?

“…Male police are going and raiding girls’ hostels. Only during the emergency we saw this happen. That is the sort of Emergency State they are reducing our country to again. This time it is the BJP,” he said.

Questioning the filing of sedition case, Congress leader Kapil Sibal asserted that it was a very serious charge and the BJP government should think before taking action under it.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 12, 2016 at 6:25 pm
    This is the Price you pay for Telling the Truth in an Intolerant and Un-democratic country like India . There is no right to descant , having a view contrary to Blind Patriots would get you charged under Terriorist Act or Anti-National Laws . One simply can't have his Opinion , your opinion has to get first a Certification from Saffron Brigade ! Now Please don't ask Where is Intolerance ?
    1. A
      Feb 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm
      Leave these bastered and sit at home and destroy our own country may be u can baer
      1. B
        Feb 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm
        Do Students actually Study? they seem to be daily protesting..
        1. S
          Feb 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm
          The entrenched left-oriented faculty at JNU needs to be gradually eased out . The students should make that happen , by excelling in academics and research, and subsequently challenging the faculty's record in conducting research . The insute should setup a framework for evaluating faculty in terms of quality of research, publications , papers in conferences . The faculty should be asked to leave if they do match up to the standards ...
          1. Chopra TP
            Feb 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm
            JNU is a snakes pit of India where the anti-social elements live off of Indian tax payer's money while plotting to harm the same tax payers. It needs to be rehashed completely. Fire the Anti-national VC and professors and rename it Bhagat Singh National University. Also close down the divisive departments and replace them with something useful for nation building like Urban Planning, Architecture etc etc. There may also be some ISI elements among these professors whose job is to glorification of Islamic Terrorism and other crimes against people of India. It's high time that victims of terrorism fight back and take over this corrupt cesspool of hate and terrorism. All government funding to JNU needs to stop unless it is cleared of people who aim glorify murderers and killers of Indians.
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