JNU student leader held: Kanhaiya Kumar sent to 3-day custody

Police seek time to ‘probe links to terrorist groups’, identify others at protest.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2016 5:01 am
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Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar was Friday sent to three-day police custody after the Delhi Police told the court that they wanted to “probe his links to terrorist groups”. Kumar’s “custodial interrogation” was needed to identify other persons present at the alleged “anti-national” demonstration at JNU Tuesday, said police.

The police have booked the JNUSU president, who was arrested Friday, on charges of criminal conspiracy and sedition under sections 124A and 120B of the Indian Penal Code.

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Kumar, who was brought to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Loveleen, told the court that he was being “targeted” as he had “defeated the ABVP in the student elections.” He also told the court that as the JNUSU president, he had “merely gone to resolve the clash” between organisers of the “cultural event” and the ABVP activists.

“I am an AISF member. We are not leftist radicals. We dissociate ourselves from these slogans,” said the JNUSU president, adding that a “few extremist elements” were “spoiling the image of JNU.”

The police had sought five-day custody of Kumar, claiming that he had “visited Kashmir in 2012”. The police also told the court that they were “looking into links with Kashmiri and Pakistani terrorist groups.” They said a witness, who was a security guard at the university, had “identified” Kumar as having been present at the protest.

The magistrate watched the video recording of the protest, as shown on a TV channel, during the hearing. He asked the police whether they had arrested any of the persons “who wanted azaadi.” The police said the co-accused had “absconded,” a point disputed by Kumar, who claimed that a number of persons involved in the incident had “been appearing on TV” and “were present in JNU.”

Sources told The Indian Express that Delhi Police have formed eight teams to look for the co-accused. “The cell phones of the absconding persons were switched off in Noida and Gurgaon. We are conducting raids in these areas and also scanning their call details record,” they said. Kumar’s bank records are also being scrutinised, said sources.

Six persons, including JNUSU general secretary Rama Naga, were named by police. The JNUSU president said that Naga was “being framed,” and the event had been organised by “10 JNU students” who were not part of the students’ union executive.

Kumar identified some students visible in the video footage of the event shown to the court and said he was “ready to cooperate with the police in identifying the protesters”.

A few CPI members, including DU professor Dinesh Varshney and CPI Delhi state secretary Dhirendra Sharma, tried to speak to Kumar but were not allowed to do so. Some lawyers accompanying Varshney and Sharma claimed they had been “engaged to represent Kumar” but the police did not allow them to meet him. The JNUSU president will now be presented in court Monday.

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    Beena
    Feb 13, 2016 at 3:12 am
    #shutdownJNU
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      Beena
      Feb 13, 2016 at 3:14 am
      Watch what Omar Khalid from JNU has to say in this youtube link. W7Nnnt83ZPY. He is a student in JNU and enjoying the benefits of taxpayers money.
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        Paul
        Feb 13, 2016 at 2:37 am
        Hang this traitor. He is planted by Congress to create problems.
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          Anand Prakash
          Feb 13, 2016 at 10:58 am
          No anti-national activities should be permitted anywhere. But, respected Home Minister, what about Sakshi Maharaj who called Godse a patriot? And one of your fringe outfits that distributed sweets on 30th January this year, the day hiji was martyred?
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            Sandeep
            Feb 13, 2016 at 1:33 am
            Best opportunity to weed out Leftist from JNU.Replacing with Nationalists
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              KALIYA
              Feb 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm
              Go and sell your mother and sister to terrorist they will give u a good price for that.
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                KALIYA
                Feb 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm
                I swear the grave of bhagat singh they definitely sold there mother and sister to stan
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                  andy
                  Feb 13, 2016 at 7:31 pm
                  these are nimak haram people that will sell their mothers and souls to stan .These are real terrorists
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                    Rajesh
                    Feb 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                    CONgress was founded by the British and Nehru was Mountbatten's dog.
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                      Dr. Sonali
                      Feb 13, 2016 at 8:05 am
                      He is anti-national. Any one ociated with him should also be investigated. This is China-stan nexus. Communist party has always been anti-national.
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                        Lovely
                        Feb 13, 2016 at 9:36 am
                        CPM supported China in 62 war.
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                          BharatK
                          Feb 14, 2016 at 8:37 am
                          "spoiling the image of JNU?" When this leftist extremist baston had image? No good students go to this university, knowing the consequences.
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                            BharatK
                            Feb 14, 2016 at 8:33 am
                            EXPELL all anti-nationals from the university. Citizens pay to the university for education, and not for dirty politics and anti-national activities of few criminals.
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                              kamath Ramesh
                              Feb 13, 2016 at 1:42 pm
                              It is good that the goons are under trial now. If not nobody knows where it would have led. Students go to college for studying and not for advocating for terrorists. Every one has seen on the news channels what kind of atmosphere was there while such events were organised. However now all opposition political parties got one more chance to beat the ruling party. Till y'day these parties were asking why police is not taking action on such criminals but today they are protesting against the criminals arrests. Just they want something against govt to prove country is intolerance.
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                                kamath Ramesh
                                Feb 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                                Please draw the difference between the murderer and anti national. Godse was a murderer but he was not anti national. His intentions were nationalist. He was against the division on the country and if division it must be in spirit. His action were never a sedition. Sakshi Maharaj speaks strongly against those who are anti national and if you have any proof of his anti national activity pls report to police to take axtion against him as well.
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                                  Sparrow
                                  Feb 13, 2016 at 2:59 am
                                  Rename JNU to Sardar Patel University or Shubash Chandra Bose University.....
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                                    S. Kumar
                                    Feb 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm
                                    These traitors bite the hand that feeds them. On one hand we have jawans laying down their verylives for the motherland in the icy Siachen heights, on the other hand we have these rascals who plot to break the country.
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                                      Manohar Sharma
                                      Feb 13, 2016 at 4:40 pm
                                      Send this anti-national to jail for life.
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                                        Mullah
                                        Feb 14, 2016 at 1:24 pm
                                        This is a University which is run by a Pseudo Muslim called Nehru whose mother was inseminated by Muslims on a regular basis. This boy Kanhiya Kumar is also a product of Dawood's 5emen entering his mother's womb5
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                                          Pramod Kumar
                                          Feb 15, 2016 at 7:40 am
                                          ‘judicial killing’ of Afzal Guru. Who is Afzal? What he did for India? Protester should know for what they are protesting for. Supporting a terrorist is same Also supporting terrorism.
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                                            rajan cena
                                            Feb 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                                            They want to come in political that way doing this stupidity
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