The Delhi Police have launched a search operation to arrest at least 10 students, including the daughter of CPI leader D Raja, Aparajita, in connection with the sedition case that was registered on Thursday for allegedly raising anti-India slogans.
The event was organised by a group of JNU students, including students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, former Democratic Students Union (DSU) member and the main organiser of the event. Kanhaiya was arrested on Friday and is being grilled on sedition charges by the Vasant Kunj north police.
Around 80 to 90 students including 15-20 women led by Kanhaiya had participated in the event organised reportedly against the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, police said.
Students from outside JNU reportedly were also present.
The investigating officer has also issued a letter to JNU’s vice-chancellor Jagdeesh Kumar, asking him to produce six students of the campus before him to join the investigation. The list includes Rama Naga, Umar Khalid, Ashutosh Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and Anita Prakash besides Kanhaiya who is already in police custody.
The letter also sought details about these students including their permanent address, telephone numbers, details/particulars (Admission form) for investigation purpose.
Five teams of the south Delhi Police have been constituted to nab the JNU students wanted in the case. The teams have been conducting raids at different parts in Delhi-NCR and other states such as West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra to nab them. Alerts were also issued at international airports in the country as the police feared that a few of suspects might attempt to flee the country, sources in police said.
The sedition FIR (number 110), a copy of which is with HT, was filed on Thursday around 2pm by Virender Singh, SHO of the Vasant Kunj North police station. Investigation was handed over to inspector Prabhu Dayal.
According to the FIR, the SHO took suo moto cognisance against the February 9 event after seeing its video footage on a news channel on February 10.