A day after Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on charges of sedition, the Delhi government Saturday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged sloganeering on campus on February 9.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and JD(U) leader K C Tyagi met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday afternoon and demanded an independent probe into the incident. Kejriwal later tweeted, “There are claims that JNU student leaders shouted anti-India slogans and counter claims that ABVP activists did it. To find truth, Del govt is directing DM to conduct an enquiry.”
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In an order issued on Saturday evening, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia stated, “It is necessary to inquire into the incident and bring out a factual report. Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that the District Magistrate, New Delhi, will inquire into the incident and submit a factual report to the government in 15 days.”
While stating that strict legal action should be taken against those raising anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans, the party objected to the “dictatorial attitude displayed by the Delhi Police to victimise and torture innocent students and teachers of JNU under the garb of this incident”. “The facts that are coming to light about this entire incident point towards a deep suspicion about the conspiratorial role played by the ABVP,” said AAP.
In an earlier tweet, the CM said, “No anti-national activity shud be tolerated under any circumstances. Those who did it must be identified and punished.”
While fielding questions from people on Twitter Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia replied to a tweet asking for the Delhi government’s stand over the unrest: “Anti-national activity unacceptable, Action must be taken! But raiding girls hostel by male police is shameful. There is difference between Anti-Establishment & Anti-National, it appears Modi Govt is trying to terrorise students.”
Delhi Police Commissioner
B S Bassi, however, tweeted, “Allegations of Police personnel entering girls’ hostels of JNU are totally incorrect, malicious and mischievous.” Quoting Kejriwal’s tweet accusing the Modi government of targeting ‘innocent students’, Bassi tweeted, “No innocent shall suffer. DP is firmly committed to the RULE OF LAW & does not entertain any malice towards anyone.”
Posting a photo which claimed ABVP members shouted pro-Pakistan slogans, Water and Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra tweeted, “Jail mein daalon jisne bhi Pakistan aur Afzal Guru ke samarthan mein naaray lagaein chahe woh ABVP ka karyakarta ho ya koi bhi aur (Arrest those who shouted slogans in support of Pakistan and Afzal Guru, whether it is an ABVP worker or anyone else).”
AAP MLA from Mehrauli Naresh Yadav said, “I met students on campus and many of them told me that Kanhaiya Kumar did not shout any anti-national slogans. Students are angry. There are photos and videos clearly showing who was shouting anti-national slogans. No innocents should be punished.”
The AAP also hit out at the Centre for the alleged use of force against students. “JNU is the latest in the sequence of institutions where the voice of students is being muzzled by brute use of force by the Centre. Earlier examples of FTII and Hyderabad University are already in front of the country,” the party said, demanding the PM’s immediate intervention in the matter.