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Sedition case: Suspects ‘still in JNU’, police debate entering campus again

A team of Delhi Police’s anti-terror unit, the Special Cell, is helping police track the students who are suspected to be hiding inside the JNU campus, said sources.

Written by Mahender Singh Manral , Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2016 3:12 pm
Activists of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad organise a protest outside JNU Tuesday, shouting slogans and burning effigies of the JNU Vice-Chancellor. (Express Photo Tashi Tobgyal) Activists of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad organise a protest outside JNU Tuesday, shouting slogans and burning effigies of the JNU Vice-Chancellor. (Express Photo Tashi Tobgyal)

After a week of search operations for more people allegedly involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sedition case yielded no results, Delhi Police now believe the suspects are still on campus. Police are now debating whether they should enter the JNU campus again to conduct fresh searches.

Police have already arrested JNU students’ union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and are trying to identify others who were present at the alleged “anti-national” demonstration in JNU on February 9.

A team of Delhi Police’s anti-terror unit, the Special Cell, is helping police track the students who are suspected to be hiding inside the JNU campus, said sources.

Investigators are going through video footage of the demonstration, obtained from TV channels and other media sources. A 30-minute video, which the police received from Zee News, has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory for forensic tests, said sources.

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Meanwhile, police have started questioning former Delhi University professor SAR Geelani, who was arrested in connection with a sperate case of sedition Tuesday. Officials from intelligence agencies as well as the Special Cell will question Geelani, said sources.

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According to the FIR lodged at the Parliament Street police station, Geelani had raised “anti-India” slogans at a meeting held in the Press Club of India on February 10.

The FIR said that Geelani had, in a “planned manner”, “intentionally staged an anti-India demonstration to trigger outrage over the issue”.

Initially, police had traced the GPS locations of some suspects’ phones in Noida and Gurgaon, and conducted raids in these areas, but local inputs and surveillance records showed that some of the accused were still in JNU hostels, said sources.

“We are planning to conduct more searches in JNU. Senior officers are discussing whether to seek permission from the vice-chancellor,” added sources.

However, the intelligence unit of the Special Branch of the Delhi Police has pointed out that due to the large number of protesters inside the JNU campus, it would be tough to track down the accused.

“Police are looking into all aspects of the case. If any person is found to have financial links with any terrorist outfit, he/she will be charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” he said. Bassi refused to reveal whether police have found any such links between terror outfits and the students.

Bassi said “several persons have been identified” after the demonstration and they would soon be arrested. “We have no problems with JNU authorities as they are cooperating with the probe,” he added.

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    mumbai
    Feb 17, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    Now there is only one way. shout beat scream attack. Nation is progressing in the patriotic way. happy happy happy.
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      Balakrishnan
      Feb 17, 2016 at 11:24 am
      Send out all the students from JNU FTII and other universities who are not students but uncles indulging in politics and poisoning the atmosphere.
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        Dr. Sonali
        Feb 17, 2016 at 2:39 am
        What kind of India do WE all want? What kind of universities. Taxpayers pay for universities. We want universities that support national aspirations. How would we define a - Good Indian Citizen. In any profession. An Indian with Indian values.
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          ganesh Mishra
          Feb 17, 2016 at 7:44 am
          Why police is debating its intension to enter the JNU. Do they require court order or they are afraid of. If they are afraid of terrorist in JNU , hand over the operation to Army....
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            Rudraa
            Feb 17, 2016 at 8:30 am
            All of those absconding must have got shelter in Sonia or Rahul's Bungalows, Police must RAID every educational insution named after this BAAA STARD FAMILY....I mean Jawahar Lal, Idira, Rajiv hi etc etc etc.
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