Months after notice, police question two Kashmiri students from JNU

Two Kashmiri students from JNU have been questioned by Delhi Police’s Special Cell in connection with the February 9 incident on campus, when “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: September 18, 2016 2:35 am

Two Kashmiri students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have been questioned by Delhi Police’s Special Cell in connection with the February 9 incident on campus, when “anti-national” slogans were allegedly raised.

A team of Special Cell, led by an inspector, went to the JNU campus Wednesday and questioned the two students for five hours, said sources. Police suspect that they were present at the event, added sources. Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) V Ranganathan confirmed that two Kashmiri students from JNU were questioned by the Delhi Police unit.

In July, police had sent notice to five Kashmiri students, including the two youths from JNU, to join the probe, said sources. Two of the other students are from Jamia Millia Islamia and one is from Aligarh Muslim University, they said. The Special Cell team was waiting for the JNU students’ union (JNUSU) elections to get over before questioning the two students, said police officials.

They added that the two students were likely to be questioned again. Police are yet to question the three others who were sent notice over the incident, said police sources. Police have also identified three more students who allegedly raised “anti-national” slogans at the event, held to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on his third death anniversary, said sources.

According to sources, police decided to ask the five students to join the investigation after receiving final forensic report about the raw video footage of the incident. The Central Forensic Science Laboratory, CBI, had found the footage to be “authentic”, added sources. In the wake of the event, three students of the university — JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — were slapped with charges of sedition and arrested. They were later released on bail.