Kanhaiya arrest: NHRC seeks report from Home, Delhi govt, Bassi and JNU

Notices were issued after the NHRC, took cognizance of media reports about the event where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, leading to the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 18, 2016 4:01 am
JNU, JNU protest, jnu protests, JNU news, jnu afzal guru event, jnu delhi police, jnu students protest, delhi news, JNU delhi, india news, JNU protests NHRC Lawyers outside the Patiala house court after attack on journalists during JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar produce, in New Delhi on Feb 15th 2016. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday issued notice to the secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, chief secretary of the Delhi government, the Delhi police commissioner and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) registrar, seeking a report on the arrest of JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and increased police presence on JNU campus.

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Citing a news report of February 13 pertaining to the arrest of Kumar on charges of sedition, the commission observed, “It is reported that the president of the Jawahar Lal Nehru University Students ‘ Union was arrested on the charge of sedition after allegedly raising anti-India slogans. However, the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, Kanhaiya Kumar, has denied the allegations, stating that he went to the spot only to intervene in a clash between two groups. It is also alleged that police is mindlessly patrolling the campus and students are being witch-hunted and demonised for doing nothing.”

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In the notice, which comes four days after Kumar’s arrest, the commission also mentioned the wide coverage the issue had received in the print and the electronic media.

“It is widely alleged that the action of the police was illegal and high-handed and was an attempt to suppress freedom of speech and expression in academic institutions. It is also alleged that the charge of sedition was falsely added to intimidate those who dissent,” observed the NHRC.

After issuing notice to the four authorities, the commission has sought a report within two weeks.

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  1. R
    Feb 18, 2016 at 1:05 am
    Indian Express, Your BIAS is showing. You refer to the "alleged anti-India slogans" whereas you are SURE that lawyers beat up the JNUSU president at Patiala house. Can't you see the videos circulating throughout the cybersphere where the anti-national slogans can be heard even by those who are hard of hearing.
  2. P
    Prof Bharat
    Feb 18, 2016 at 1:18 am
    ASK THE VC ALSO AND ISSUE NOTICE TO HIM FOR TRAMPLING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO WISH TO TEACH AND STUDY. As a teacher I too am pained that the faculty of jnu allows kashmir terrorists sympathisers to operate covertly as research students and prepare grounds for political confrontation. Univs are for study of political theories not for their application. It seems JNU faculty cannot make this distiction any more, let us debate this failure of jnu teachers, THE VC AND HIS TEAM IS ALSO GUILTY IN RUINING THE UNIV. Prof Bharat Gupt, formerly at DU
  3. D
    Feb 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm
    Kanhaiya should not be released.. Rather be kept in protective custody even if the courts ask him to be released for hisnown safety.. As some one the comment told.. The elections are nearing.. The notorious oppositions like the left and congress might even harm him and be a risknto his life so as to create an environment like in Hyd to turn the events in their favour!!
  4. R
    Feb 18, 2016 at 2:41 am
    JNU was made a HOT BED of Indira supporters by Indira. Nehru SCR EWED UP the nation with Kashmir and China policies. We Hindus foot the bill for traitors and yet WE ARE VICTIMISED by TIE. JNU in itself a Terrorist Organisation.
  5. R
    Feb 18, 2016 at 2:38 am
    Raja, it is NOT BIAS...Anti-Hindu/RSS/BJP and especially anti- Modi is their Npaper's POLICY. IE Founder Goenka fought Indira hi. The Paper was having Editors like Shourie, Gurumurthy. Read South India TNIE of Prabhu Chawla. You eill find HEL LLL of a difference.
  6. R
    Feb 18, 2016 at 1:51 am
    This NHRC (for them Ishrat, Afzl, Memon are HUMAN).....backs stan nationalism by Ishrat Jehan, Aruhati Roy, Teesta, Medha Patker, Owaisi, Mani, Khurshid, Rahul Pappu hi, Batla House WEEPER Sonia. Indian Express, The Hindu are TOP MOST HINDU BAITERS. NDTV women PREFER Bald CO CKS. Communists have NO FATHER. To COUNTER these forces EVERY Hindu must join the RSS and Army.
  7. J
    Feb 18, 2016 at 7:21 am
    Where was NHRC when anti india slogans were raised in JNU and other places .This worthless commission should be wound up
  8. J
    Feb 18, 2016 at 7:16 am
    yes.Your comment is slap on the face of paid and biased media
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