A meeting was organised on Tuesday on the JNU campus where a group of students mourned the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) co-founder Maqbool Bhat and shouted anti- India slogans.
Reports earlier prompt that the Delhi Police prime brass was eager on transferring the case to the Special Cell or the National Investigation Agency since “hyperlinks between the JNU college students and terrorist Afzal Guru” want to be probed.
A day after JNU Student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in connection with a case of sedition, seven more students from the university have been detained.
Yechury along with D Raja and JD (U) general secretary KC Tyagi met Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking release of JNU students union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, a member of CPI’s student wing All India Student Federation. If we would have spared those guilty of anti-constitutional activities then the government could have intervened. They said that from Monday onwards, the students will proceed on an indefinite strike till Kanhaiya is released and charges against other students are dropped. We have set up inquiry committees and taken appropriate action against erring students.
He added that government’s attempt to stifle the culture of debate, democracy and dissent will not succeed.
The Congress Vice President, who had yesterday accused the Modi government of “bullying” the institution, scaled up the attack saying “most anti-national are the people who are suppressing the voice of students in this institution”.
RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya also termed as “serious” what he claimed was students engaging in “anti-India activities” on the campus of a central university and some teachers supporting them.
Asserting that JNU can not be allowed to be a “hub of anti-national activities”, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said freedom of expression can not be “absolute and unqualified and reasonable restriction” has to be there.
Left leaders are questioning the authenticity of a video clip which purportedly shows anti-national slogans raised by a group of persons on JNU.
An FIR was filed against the cultural event organizers following which the police took JNUSU president into three-day custody. The attackers were identified as Sushant, Vedprakash and Rocky Chauhan who of being members of Aam Admi Sena.
“The government and police can’t just shut down voices that don’t agree with them”.