Afzal Guru film screening: Produce 5 more students, install CCTVs, say Police to JNU Vice Chancellor

According to the FIR, anti-India slogans were allegedly raised by a group of students, led by Kumar and Khalid, during an event to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru on terror charges.

Written by Alok Singh , Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2016 6:09 am
abvp student protest at their Campus for against anti National activitics Express Photo by Renuka Puri. ABVP students protest inside JNU Campus against anti-national comments during the Afzal Guru film screening event. (Source: Express Photo by Renuka Puri)

AFTER ARRESTING a student leader of JNU on Friday on charges of sedition following the raising of alleged anti-India slogans during an “unauthorised” event on campus, Delhi Police has requested the university’s Vice-Chancellor to produce five more students allegedly involved in “anti-national activity”.

It has also emerged that a day before students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on campus, police requested V-C Jagadesh Kumar for permission to enter the JNU premises to record acts of “sedition” and “anti-national speeches”. Four sitting deans of the university have now opposed the V-C’s move to let police enter campus.

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While the letter on producing five more students was sent by the investigating officer in the sedition case lodged at Vasant Kunj police station, the one seeking permission to enter the campus was sent on Thursday by Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Prem Nath.

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The investigating officer’s letter, seeking to question Umar Khalid, Ashutosh Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya, Rama Naga and Ananta Prakash, stated that they were identified on the basis of evidence collected.

Nath’s letter, meanwhile, sought “necessary permission for the force to enter the campus to use the video coverage for covering the activities of such acts/expressions of sedition and anti-national speeches for legal action”.

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The DCP also requested the V-C to provide video cameras to security staff to record such events for post-incident analysis. “You are also requested to install CCTV cameras at the entry/exit points and strategic locations in the interest of safety and security of the university campus,” Nath said in the letter.

“The information regarding such anti-national expressions and speeches of sedition be immediately given to police…so necessary action is taken by the police at the earliest,” the letter stated.

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Kumar was arrested after Delhi Police registered a case under section 124A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy).

According to the FIR, anti-India slogans were allegedly raised by a group of students, led by Kumar and Khalid, during an event to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru on terror charges. University officials have said that they had not granted permission for the event to be staged.

The FIR also stated that 80-90 students, including 15-20 women, were part of the protest march towards Ganga Dhaba inside campus on February 9. It also listed the slogans that the students allegedly raised and claimed to have a news clipping of a TV news channel as evidence.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the V-C, the deans of School of Social Sciences, School of International Studies, School of Languages and School of Arts and Aesthetics wrote that a “blanket permission” to police amounts to a “major change in the policy adopted by successive Vice-Chancellors ever since JNU was established, and against the policy that most universities adopt”.

”We have been told that the Registrar told the teachers’ delegation that the Committee of Deans endorsed this decision of the University, which is patently wrong. We would therefore request you to issue a clarification that the details with respect to this matter were not revealed to the Deans Committee, and the statement issued was not an endorsement of police presence and raids but only of the internal inquiry instituted by you as Vice Chancellor,” they wrote.

“We also strongly urge you to find ways to immediately retract any blanket permission to the police to enter and conduct operations on campus,” they added.

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  1. M
    Feb 13, 2016 at 1:01 am
    Amazing a Teaching insute funded by us, Indian Tax Payers, has become a hotbed of anti-national activity...Everyone has a opinion but going to this extent and raising stan slogans, is a national disgrace...Their parents must be proud of their children
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      amitava ghosh
      Feb 13, 2016 at 3:37 am
      A supporter of kohli had expressed his joy on his batting in pakandeveryone knows the action thatffollowed.Yet in India in JNU students have the audacity in connivance with some teachers to speakandspew hatred against india for the hanging of henious terrorist afzal.Such people live in india, reap all its privileges and then spew venom saying hamlok bharat ko barbad karke cnge.They r antinationalsandjnu is breeding them.Sedition charges/punitive action of the highest order should be initiated.
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        amitava ghosh
        Feb 13, 2016 at 3:48 am
        My comments-is it still under scutiny?
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          Anand Sudan
          Feb 13, 2016 at 1:39 am
          Rajnath singh deal with these anti nationals strongly, the entire nation will support such action. Remember,the entire nation has supported Indira when she gave a crushing defeat to stan in 1970. Indians are patriots, the patriots will definitely support the govt. action ignoring the stupid comments by Rahul, Yechuri and the like
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          Anand Sudan
          Feb 13, 2016 at 1:33 am
          What these deans are saying, when anti Indian activities are taking place police do not act. JNU is In India, law of the law is applicable to the JNU students toogt; Stringent action would be taken against these anti national forces, including the Deans, if their actions are against the security and integrity of the country.
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            Venkatraman Shenoy
            Feb 13, 2016 at 12:30 am
            This is a clear indication that the body of teachers and administrators are as anti-national as some of these Pro-Pak anti-national students. It should be made totally clear to all that practising anti-nationalism comes with a heavy cost.
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              Neelam Sharma
              Feb 13, 2016 at 9:18 pm
              Why cant's police enter in campus to catch people who raised anti national slogans. I laugh on other 80-90 students who supported such anti national people just for some sort of friendship. Do they understand where they end up by supporting such student leaders. or do they understand that how much they are damaging the country in this way. This new generation is just ...
              1. S
                Feb 13, 2016 at 3:08 am
                It has become a fashion to put down INDIA. Its time Indians and INDIA realize their decency is not misunderstood for timidness .Crush this anti national element with an Iron Hand.
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