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.
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.
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.