Delhi cops hunt down ‘anti-national’ JNU students in inter-state raids

The Delhi police on Wednesday conducted raids in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir to hunt for JNU students accused of shouting anti-India slogans at a controversial event on February 9.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2016 12:44 IST
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Hindustan Times
AMU students holding a protest rally over the JNU row, at Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh on Tuesday. (PTI)

The Delhi police on Wednesday conducted raids in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir to hunt for JNU students accused of shouting anti-India slogans at a controversial event on February 9.

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The cops are on the lookout for Umar Khalid, Anirbhan Bhattacharya, Riazul Haq and Rubina Saifee -all of whom are DSU members.

According to reports, the police claim to have identified all the students seen in the footage of the event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Police officers said raids began soon after the arrest of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.

Search operations are on across Delhi-NCR and other states like West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and e in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Delhi Police have sought help from their counterparts in these states to trace the absconding students. The family members, relatives, friends and colleagues of the students are also being interrogated. Police have already put their mobile phones under surveillance while airports across India have been alerted to monitor movements of the absconding students.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday to brief the Union Cabinet about the current state of unrest at the JNU.

In a report submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs on its crackdown on a group of protesting JNU students on February 9, the Delhi Police said that Democratic Students Union (DSU) activists led by Umar Khalid raised anti-national slogans on that day.

However, the report said that Kanhaiya Kumar didn’t raise anti-national slogans but was just standing with DSU activists. Umar Khalid has been absconding since then.

Kanhaiya Kumar will be produced before Delhi court today

The Supreme Court has also ordered restricted entry into the court room at Patiala House where JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar is to be produced today.

Kumar will again be produced before the Metropolitan Magistrate at Patiala House court complex which had earlier witnessed violence during his hearing.

The petition was filed by ND Jaiprakash, who alleged that police were a “mute spectator to this brazen display of violence and brute force being perpetrated on innocent persons”. This petition merely seeks to assure safety of the accused, their relatives, friends, lawyers and journalists while discharging their legal as well as professional obligations. The surcharged and vicious atmosphere in the court premises would come in the way of the fundamental right of the accused for a fair trial, the plea said.

BJP to be aggressive on JNU row, fire up nationalism debate

Meanwhile the BJP has decided to strongly put forth its stand on JNU incident and also raise the testimony of Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley during the upcoming Parliament session to counter opposition onslaught by firing up a debate over its core theme of nationalism. Party leaders said a decision has been taken to raise the Jawaharlal Nehru University row “very aggressively” in Parliament as they believe that there is no reason for the party to be “defensive” about the development and there is support for its stand on the issue among the masses. The party is also launching a three-day ‘Jan Swabhimaan Abhiyan’ (campaign for peoples’ self-pride) starting on Thursday in which party leaders and workers will try to build up public opinion against the alleged anti-national activities in the central varsity and in support of action against people involved in it.( Read more here)

First Published: Feb 17, 2016 12:22 IST