Sedition case filed against JNU students in Afzal Guru row

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2016 07:37 IST
Students of ABVP protest against communism at JNU Campus, in New Delhi, India on Thursday, February 11, 2016. (Sanjeev Verma / HT Photo)

Police on Thursday registered a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy against “unknown persons” for allegedly raising anti-India slogans at an event organised by some students in Jawaharlal Nehru University against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Delhi Police took suo moto cognizance and registered an FIR, although separate complaints were already filed against the organisers of Tuesday’s event, which included some former members of a Left-leaning student association.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), affiliated to the RSS, and the BJP’s east Delhi MP Maheish Girri were the complainants.

“We have registered a case in connection with the event and necessary action will be taken,” said Deepak Mishra, the special commissioner of police (law and order).

Video footage from the event was being examined for further action.

The ABVP has been protesting against the event, titled “The country without a post office”. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) has also disassociated itself after anti-India slogans were allegedly raised at the event.

The university vice-chancellor has called for an inquiry by the proctor, saying the event was an act of indiscipline. The JNU administration had cancelled permission for the event.

The BJP MP met DCP (south) Prem Nath and filed a complaint, saying the event was anti-national, anti-social and unconstitutional.

“Strict action should be taken against the offenders so that such shameful and anti-India activities are not repeated,” Girri said.

Marking the death anniversary of Guru, a group of students had shouted slogans against the government for hanging him.

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