Facing heat over the police inaction when journalists and JNU students were being attacked in Patiala House court complex, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi claimed that alleged negligence is being probed and the guilty will face legal action. Several journalists and JNU students and teachers were thrashed in the presence of strong police presence on Monday evening soon after JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was produced.
“In the investigation, we will also probe whether there was any negligence on part of any police personnel. If it turns out to be so, the concerned official will have to face legal action,” Bassi said after making several attempts at ducking the question.
The Delhi Police chief is also facing flak for his remarks yesterday terming the assault as a “minor” incident and mere fallout of an emotive issue.
“As soon as I got to know about the scuffle, particularly with journalists, I asked my officers to register a case and instructed the concerned DCP to expedite the investigation,” he added further on the sidelines of the 69th Raising Day Parade of Delhi Police on Tuesday.
The issue of dastardly attack on journalists along with JNU students and faculty snowballed on Tuesday with 800-strong journalists and media persons across the print and television taking a foot march from Press Club of India to Supreme Court. The delegation of journalists also handed over a memorandum before Union Home Minister seeking action against the perpetrators of violence.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi too strongly condemned the attack on journalists in the Patiala House court complex in Delhi yesterday, calling it “very wrong”.
“The way journalists were beaten up in the court is very wrong and we condemn it,” Gandhi said in a media interaction during the course of his visit to poll-bound Assam.
Meanwhile, talking about the on-going investigations in the JNU row, where some students had allegedly raised ‘anti-India’ slogans, BS Bassi said that police is probing suspected “financial links” between terror outfits and students allegedly involved in the raising of anti-India slogans at the varsity last week.
“Police are looking into all aspects of the case. If any person is found having any financial link with any terrorist outfit, he/she will also be charged under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,” he said on the sidelines of the 69th Raising Day Parade of Delhi Police.
Bassi, however, refused to elaborate when asked whether investigators have so far found links between any terror outfit and the students who have been identified as accused in the case.
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested under the charges of sedition last week, while the police is looking out for other students accused of raising objectionable slogans.
(With inputs from the PTI)